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Existentialism + Baseball = Joke [Jun. 19th, 2005|09:33 am]

#22 Seattle: M's sign draft-pick Kafka, still negotiating with Kierkegaard.

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Idealism vs Existentialism [Jun. 17th, 2005|08:02 pm]

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Hey Everyone,

I'm new the community and the study of philosophy in general. I'm interested in Existentialism but also want to take a look at Idealism as I have told I have Idealist outlook, more often then naught. A recent test I took pegged me as an Existentialist and thus here I am.

I'm gonna probably pick up Existentialism and Human Emotions this weekend, but was also wanting to find a good book about Idealist. I want to make a comparison and see what sort of theories I can derive from learning about both philosopies. If anyone would like to give me their take on how both are the same or different I would be interested in the discussion. Also, if anyone can point me at a good book on Idealism/Idealist Theory I would appreciate it.

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New Community [Jun. 16th, 2005|05:47 pm]
Hello all,

I hope this is allowed here, if not, I will delete it ASAP.

But I have created a new community, a_love_movement, a community devoted to helping to create change in our ourselves, our community and our world. Yeah, ambitious and cheesy, but you never know what can happen. Come check us out.

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Albert Camus [Jun. 15th, 2005|09:12 am]

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Hey guys-

I like Albert Camus so much that I've made him a regular character in my comic strip (well, he appears several times - moreso in the next couple of weeks; his philosophy appears daily, though.) I even named the strip, Starting Point, after the a line in the introduction to The Myth of Sisyphus; the line that says the absurd must be viewed as not a starting point, a basic assumption for all of the philosophy to follow.

I guess I've always been a Camus manic, ever since I read his work in college. I've even checked out old records of his from the library, only to realize that I don't speak French so they were pretty much useless.

Anyway, I'm looking forward to joining the discussion in this community.
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(no subject) [Jun. 13th, 2005|10:49 pm]
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I was wondering if anyone could recommend any books that have anything to do with arguments against Christianity and such. Obviously the Anti-Christ will be one of them, but I'd like to know of any other books that "attack" Christianity. If anyone knows anything good just let me know. Thank you.
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(no subject) [Jun. 8th, 2005|12:02 pm]

You scored as Existentialist. Existentialism emphasizes human capability. There is no greater power interfering with life and thus it is up to us to make things happen. Sometimes considered a negative and depressing world view, your optimism towards human accomplishment is immense. Mankind is condemned to be free and must accept the responsibility.




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What is Your World View? (updated)
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Fancy that.
Delete if unneccesary, just found it terribly amusing.
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The foundations of postmodernism [Jun. 6th, 2005|03:25 pm]

I'm sorry if this seems like it's OT, but to my understanding, postmodernist thought has its roots in existentialism and/or Heidegger.

So, my question is: does anyone have any recommended works for the foundations for postmodernist thought? Many people are very hasty to write off postmodernism as absurd, because the conclusions seem absurd, but I get the feeling that they would not be so absurd if one understood the argumentation behind them.

The extent of my understanding is this: Our world is made intelligible by our culture and society (das Man, the "they," whatever you want to call it). This fact undermines the notion that any person can have a privileged viewpoint, one that is universal and purely objective. I don't want to talk here about the merits of postmodernism, I just want to know if someone has a clear explanation of the position, or can recommend a good book as a starting point.
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Since Kaufmann says he Counts... [Jun. 4th, 2005|07:48 am]

Unknowing before the heavens of my life
I stand in wonder. O the great stars.
The rising and the going down. How quiet.
As if I didn't exist. Am I part? Have I dismissed
the pure influence? Do high and low tide
alternate in my blood according to this order?
I will cast off all wishes, all other links,
accustom my hear to its remotest space. Better
it live in the terror of its stars than
seemingly protected, soothed by something near.

-Rainier Maria Rilke
Paris, early 1913
in The Uncollected Poems
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(no subject) [Jun. 3rd, 2005|07:31 pm]

Here's Chapter 2 of the Camus recording of L'Étranger

L'Étranger: Premiere Partie, Chapitre 2 (8 mins, 41 sec)

You can see Chapter 1 in my previous post. If there are enough requests (at least 4 or 5), I'll post some more.
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I thought you all might be interested in some, if not all, of the results... [Jun. 2nd, 2005|10:53 am]

I copied and pasted this from another community I am a part of...

From the National Conservative Weekly:

The Ten Most Harmful Books of the 19th and 20th Centuries

HUMAN EVENTS asked a panel of 15 conservative scholars and public policy leaders to help us compile a list of the Ten Most Harmful Books of the 19th and 20th Centuries. Each panelist nominated a number of titles and then voted on a ballot including all books nominated. A title received a score of 10 points for being listed No. 1 by one of our panelists, 9 points for being listed No. 2, etc. Appropriately, The Communist Manifesto, by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, earned the highest aggregate score and the No. 1 listing.

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*EDIT: I am now committed to reading every book on that list just so I can be corrupted by these evil, harmful books.
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