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    Miyagisan, I notice your read The Metamorphosis. ...

    Miyagisan, I notice your read The Metamorphosis. I read it some to ago, it's where a guy wakes up as a spider I recall. Franz Kafka is included in those writers known as Existentialists.
    I just...
  2. Thread: Schopenhauer

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    The question though is whether there is a blind...

    The question though is whether there is a blind metaphysical will as Schopenhauer explains it? A universal force that sits behind creation of which we all participate in. It's a theory that can never...
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    One of the best authors of philosophy books is...

    One of the best authors of philosophy books is Arthur Schopenhauer. His main work; 'The World as Will and Representation' is a very enlightening. One reason is because he talks about Kant's theory...
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    I would say by your comments that you have not...

    I would say by your comments that you have not read Schopenhauer's main work; "The World as Will and Representation" which I believe he'd completed by age 27. Also another book "On the Basis of...
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    Just one thing though, whatever it is you reflect...

    Just one thing though, whatever it is you reflect about should be anchored to something physical, in other words it must be grounded in some way, otherwise it's just imagining.
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    I've just finshed the "Ethics of Ambiguity" by...

    I've just finshed the "Ethics of Ambiguity" by Simon de Beauvoir which I considered very well written. Certainly the chapters regarding living passionately were very enlightening. I think that we...
  7. Thread: Hi I'm new

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    Hero Worship

    Ayn Rand said that 'For a woman qua woman, the essence of femininity is hero worship, the desire to look up to a man." Surely this cannot be true today?
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    Yes the name is everything. I just read a book...

    Yes the name is everything. I just read a book The Namesake, it's all about an Indian boy called Gogle, (not Google) who hates his name so much he changes it. The book is built around around his...
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    Just on the Tabula rasa or clean slate theory. ...

    Just on the Tabula rasa or clean slate theory. This theory (John Locke) favours the 'nurture' rather than 'nature' idea. However evolution and genetic research would point more towards the nature...
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    Yeah, well I guess this is where we enter the...

    Yeah, well I guess this is where we enter the realms of metaphysics and it's more a matter of which school of thought you follow. But I think it's more than just instincts. Animals are reliant on...
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    I think what is being referred to is the example...

    I think what is being referred to is the example given by Socrates in Plato's book 'The Republic' where Socrates shows that a slave without education can quickly grasp the theories of geometry....
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    A belief should be verifiable or grounded in...

    A belief should be verifiable or grounded in reality, I mean scientifically verifiable in the 'here and now.'
    We should think for ourselves, form our own conclusions, but many people, the majority,...
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    What you believe really governs your actions and...

    What you believe really governs your actions and belief may not line up with reality. As Kant explains, the mind constitutes the world around us, it is never passive but active. What anyone...
  14. Poll: I do like your name: LoveyDovey, are you? I mean...

    I do like your name: LoveyDovey, are you? I mean LoveyDovey.
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    My favourite philosophical book is "World as Will...

    My favourite philosophical book is "World as Will and Representation" by Arthur Schopenhauer. Schopehauer was significantly influenced by Kant and also to a lesser extent by Plato. He provides a...
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    Nice poem and it is quite clear in it's meaning. ...

    Nice poem and it is quite clear in it's meaning. Heaven, and Hell are simply a creation of the mind along with everything else. Life in general is an illusion, an emptiness in much the same way as...
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    No, I don't agree that literature can be...

    No, I don't agree that literature can be classified as philosophy or not Western Philosophy at least. Philosophy is a body of knowledge that stretches back to Plato in ancient Greece. It is an...
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    Cafe Philosophy

    Hi,
    Cafe Philosophy is a cafe publication, distributed free to cafes in Central Auckland, NZ.
    A topical subject is the question of belief and desire. I mean one's personal beliefs and exactly how...
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