Tuesday, May 27, 2014

A Brief History of Thought

A Brief History of Thought: A Philosophical Guide to LivingA Brief History of Thought: A Philosophical Guide to Living by Luc Ferry

I am enjoying the section on Nietzsche more than I had anticipated. It turns out that most of what I thought about him was attributed to him by third parties. Much like equating Wagner with Hitler, just because Adolf liked the Ring Cycle.

Ferry seems to take delight in pointing out inconsistencies in various philosophers' theories. They are only human, it seems:

“The problem, however, is that I have yet to meet anyone, materialist or otherwise, who was able to dispense with value judgements. On the contrary, the literature of materialism is peculiarly marked by its wholesale profusion of denunciations of all sorts. Starting with Marx and Nietzsche, materialists have never been able to refrain from passing continuous moral judgement on all and sundry, which their whole philosophy might be expected to discourage them from doing.”

From wikipedia:

In philosophy, the theory of materialism holds that all things are composed of material, and that all emergent phenomena (including consciousness) are the result of material properties and interactions. In other words, the theory claims that our reality consists entirely of physical matter that is the sole cause of every possible occurrence, including human thought, feeling, and action.

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