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Schopenhauer and the not-so-new ‘new atheism’

March 17th, 2011 · No Comments

Schopenhauer And The Caveman Buddhas Schopenhauer, minus his rightwing latencies (which have nothing to do with his transcendental idealism, which he got from the liberal/leftist Kant), would make a better foundation for the New Atheists than the Nietzsche is always present but never mentioned by members of that cult.

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Lapsed Xtians could do a Schopenhauer ID argument

November 27th, 2010 · No Comments

http://www.uncommondescent.com/intelligent-design/intelligent-design-pseudoscience-or-a-credible-challenge-to-evolution/ Neither Darwinism nor ID will ever be real science, but ID could be a metaphysical view of nature, but only for post-Christians. Perhaps a variant of Schopenhauer on the ‘will’ could do the job for the ID gang, or those of lapsed Xtian faith.

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Agnosticism and the noumenal

June 30th, 2010 · No Comments

We have already linked today to: An Agnostic Manifesto, but the essay is worth reading. I was often over time ‘a sort of atheist’ without realizing it, and this position was really closer to agnosticism than atheism. With the arrival of the New Atheists, vacating the atheist position becomes an necessity since this cultic brand […]

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Soul talk and positivistic failure mode

May 8th, 2010 · 3 Comments

Soul talk No self-respecting professor of philosophy wants to discuss the soul in class. It reeks of old-time theology, or, worse, New Age quantum treacle. The soul has been a dead end in philosophy ever since the positivists unmasked its empty referential center. Scientific philosophy has shown us that there’s no there there. This article, […]

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Schopenhauer and the New Age

May 7th, 2010 · 2 Comments

MBFM comment on Karmapa MBFM raises the issue of the right ‘Buddhist dharma’ to pursue in the modern world. Original Buddhism is so elegant and simple that the steps would seem transparent, but they are not. Westerners rarely succeed at meditation, while Indians seem to know it all first hand. Deepak Chopra talks a good […]

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Gould book authors, and materialism/idealism

May 7th, 2010 · No Comments

Critique of Intelligent Design: Materialism versus Creationism from Antiquity to the Present by John Bellamy Foster, Brett Clark, and Richard York We just discussed the book on Gould by the same two authors who wrote the book above: we have commented here at length on that book, use the search box. It is an interesting […]

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Link to Schopenhauer on death

May 3rd, 2010 · No Comments

I keep reciting this post (one of the most popular in the whole history of the blog): The question of soul is rendered chaotic due to the word itself, and it can help to see how easy it is to create a better understanding of the ‘soul’ question: Schopenhauer on death Schopenhauer didn’t really believe […]

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Schopenhauer and transcendental idealism

January 14th, 2010 · 1 Comment

Comment on Schopenhauer and death jim buck said, January 13, 2010 at 7:10 pm · ‘Schopenhauer’s perspective, or rather that of his transcendental idealism, is not about a soul or reincarnation, but a framework that stands beyond representation, related to the framework of will. That is not a psyche. ‘ I confess to never having […]

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Hinduism, beliefs in reincarnation, and Schopenhauer on death

January 13th, 2010 · 3 Comments

Comment on post on atheists and reincarnation Very interesing quote. But I think that reincarnation far predates Hinduism (of the post-Vedic brand), and goes back many millennia before. The question is thus often made to seem a mystical belief or a religious tenet, when in fact it should be a deduction about the self beyond […]

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An old post: matter, life, consciousness

December 18th, 2009 · 3 Comments

With respect to the Biocentrism question, and also of the Goswami/Chopra idea of consciousness as fundamental, I wrote a post last spring when the book Biocentrism first came to our attention here: Matter, life, consciousness This post was too harsh, when in fact I was actually expressing interest in the Biocentrism thesis. But as the […]

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I’ll betcha, Armstrong echoing Schopenhauer on ‘compassion’

December 6th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Armstrong’s ‘compassion’ theme has a suspicious resemblance to Schopenhauer’s theme here. Armstrong magpies everything and turns it into a porridge. Wikipedia on Schopenhauer As much as I admire Schopenhauer I don’t automatically accept his critique of Kantian ethics.

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Schopenhauer, transcending theism/atheism

December 5th, 2009 · No Comments

Comment on Jollimore on Armstrong James said, December 5, 2009 at 3:22 pm · …or you could do something like Schopenhauer and come up with something that transcends both. A good reminder, but I suffer from Armstrong venom which tends to make one forget the right approach for more verbiage. Schopenhauer, as you suggest, ‘reconciles’ […]

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“So…the movie ‘ends’ outside of the movie”

November 22nd, 2009 · No Comments

Comment on Schopenhauer on death mybrainisafleamarket said, November 22, 2009 at 10:14 am · So…the movie ‘ends’ outside of the movie. “The world as representation begins and ends with the consciousness of the individual representing subject. At the moment of death, all representation comes to an immediate abrupt end, after which there remains only thing-in-itself. […]

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Consciousness trying to explain consciousness

November 21st, 2009 · 1 Comment

Comment on Schopenhauer and death reece sullivan said, November 21, 2009 at 2:56 pm · I’ve had a strange relationship with William Blake in that he articulated a lot of things I’d already thought, only a couple hundred years earlier . . . and that we also have the same birthday, oddly, which will actually […]

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