Posts Tagged ‘ philosophy ’

Want to Be Happy? Think Like An Old Person – The New York Times

For now, he said, “I’m thinking about resistance. What does it mean, resistance? What kind of resistance do we need today? Technology is now being used, much of it, for negative purposes. So to resist all what is happening negatively in humanity or technology is to develop the — O.K., this banal word, spiritual aspect.”

He remained sanguine, despite some reservations about current world leaders. Totalitarianism, in his experience, did not endure, whereas art, nature and the teachings of the saints all were as powerful as ever — they were what composed his life. He did not use the word optimistic, but he felt that solutions were more durable than problems.

“To go back and introduce into all the schools art, to cut down on sports but bring arts, philosophy back into all educational systems,” he said. “And that’s what’s being cut everywhere. And I think that’s one of the sad and tragic parts of where we are. Education is the resistance to everything that is bad today.”  – Jonas Mekas  Think Like An Old Person – The New York Times

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From philosophy to psychoanalysis: a classic Freudian move | Aeon Essays

Freud’s glasses at the Freud Museum, London. Photo by Dukas Presseagentur/Alamy

Source: From philosophy to psychoanalysis: a classic Freudian move | Aeon Essays

Bruno Bettelheim, “Freud and Man’s Soul” – Rethink.

I could say more about the book, but for those of you who also grapple with the question of the character of political philosophy, you can see how psychoanalysis, or something like it, begins to open a most necessary inquiry. Something about way political philosophy inspired by Leo Strauss is conducted nowadays stays deliberately blind to the educative process. It’s strange how one can detail a number of techniques used by the greatest authors, gain a number of insights, and have nothing to say about who people actually are.

Source: Bruno Bettelheim, “Freud and Man’s Soul” – Rethink.

On Plants / De Stirpibus – Justin Erik Halldór Smith

Wolfenbüttel, 27 May, 2017. How many beings are in this picture?

Source: On Plants / De Stirpibus – Justin Erik Halldór Smith

ECOLOGY WITHOUT NATURE: You Can Pre-Order Humankind

You Can Pre-Order Humankind

If you’re in the USA, the UK or elsewhere I think you can do it on Amazon. I haven’t looked at other places yet.

Look at the nice blurb (that’s what the description is in fact called; an endorsement is in fact traditionally a puff!):

A radical call for solidarity between humans and non-humans

What is it that makes humans human? As science and technology challenge the boundaries between life and non-life, between organic and inorganic, this ancient question is more timely than ever. Acclaimed Object-Oriented philosopher Timothy Morton invites us to consider this philosophical issue as eminently political. It is in our relationship with non-humans that we decided the fate of our humanity. Becoming human, claims Morton, actually means creating a network of kindness and solidarity with non-human beings, in the name of a broader understanding of reality that both includes and overcomes the notion of species. Negotiating the politics of humanity is the first and crucial step to reclaim the upper scales of ecological coexistence, not to let Monsanto and cryogenically suspended billionaires to define them and own them.

Source: ECOLOGY WITHOUT NATURE: You Can Pre-Order Humankind

The Last Instance – Uchromia | Alexander R. Galloway

Liz Deschenes, “Tilt / Swing #4B” (2009).

Source: The Last Instance | Alexander R. Galloway

‘Unified’ | Burn The Water

‘UNIFIED’ Paul Conneally & Camilla Beresford 2017 ‘The images detached from every aspect of life merge into a common stream in which the unity of that life can no longer be re…

Source: ‘Unified’ | Burn The Water

Yes, the spectacle looking back at us . . . to paraphrase Roland Barthes. And, the sweep of western art and philosophy inherent to my mind in the plaque of antlers, pedestaled busts, hung friezes recalling Josef Beuys and his shamanism, Duchamp’s Mutt as well as the continuous processes of consumption and elimination. So rich, in terms of depth, our human art-making, as here, and yet how empty oftimes our response(s) can be when relationship is missing between. – Donna Fleischer

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