The Athenaeum
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The Athenaeum

In Hell They Eat Mayonnaise

A Metaphysic of Condiments

Death and the Devil Surprise Two Women. Etching by Daniel Hopfer (1465- 1536). Victoria and Albert Museum.

Theologians like St. Augustine spent a lot of time arguing out the particulars of the “neo-platonic metaphysic,” which, as best as I can figure, was essentially a list of beings ranked according to their relative divinity. The great ontological ranking system ran from God (being) down to Satan (non-being) with cherubim, seraphim, angels, humans and horses in between.The…

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