“A great deal of philosophy doesn’t really deserve much of a place in the world,” leading philosopher Daniel Dennett has recently suggested in an interview at the Association of the Scientific Study of Consciousness conference in Buenos Aires.
Existentialism: The idea that all philosophical thought must begin with the experiences of the individual, and it is up to the individual to give meaning and authenticity to their own existence.
Christmas (we have it on the best authorities) is a time to be jolly. Sure, like being told by your parents that “you shall not only go to your cousins, but enjoy it”, the whole thing can become paradoxically onerous, as Slavoj Žižek used to say. (Why are you telling us we should be happy when we really should, by ourselves, actually be happy …)
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Robert Browning: "Summum Bonum" All the breath and the bloom of the year in the bag of one bee: All the wonder and wealth of the mine in the heart of one gem: In the core of one pearl all the shade and the shine of the sea: Breath and bloom, shade and shine, wonder, … Continue reading Poem by Robert Browning: “Summum Bonum”
John Ciardi: "Philosophical Poem" The disease of civilization is not tools, citizen. Ignorance might be closer to it. Politics closer. But only Money Will hit the brass tacks everyone wants to get down to Squarely on the head. Above all, I have no case against human nature. Whatever that is, I like it. I like … Continue reading Poem by John Ciardi: “Philosophical Poem”
Free will: The ability of conscious agents to be free to make their own decisions, free of any social, moral or political constraints.
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