Alex Steelsmith


First Reaction, Not Second Sex

Simone de Beauvoir
intoned, “Au revoir”
whenever Jean-Paul Sartre
was acting smartre.

Famous Philosopher Given Harsh Sentence on Day of Judgment for Impenetrable Writing

“If we keep within the horizon of the Kantian problematic, we can give an illustration of what is conceived phenomenologically as a ‘phenomenon’, with reservations as to other differences; for we may then say that that which already shows itself in the appearance as prior to the ‘phenomenon’ as ordinarily understood and as accompanying it in every case, can, even though it thus shows itself unthematically, be brought thematically to show itself; and what thus shows itself in itself (the “forms of the intuition”) will be the ‘phenomena’ of phenomenology.” –Martin Heidegger, Being and Time, pp. 54-55 (translated by John Macquarrie and Edward Robinson)

The punishment suited the crime,
and the comic effect was sublime;
to encourage repentance,
they gave him a sentence
he’d written in Being and Time.

A writer and fine artist, Alex Steelsmith has coauthored three nonfiction books and more than 200 articles that have appeared in various publications, including USA Today. His artwork has been shown in many museums and galleries, and is in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery.