Never knew he loves Rammstein and the Terry Gilliam movie Brazil! Could I like this guy any more?
“Slavoj Žižek is brimming with thought. Each idea sprays out of the controversial Slovenian philosopher and cultural theorist in a jet of words. He is like a water balloon, perforated in so many areas that its content gushes out in all directions.”
“Žižek’s demeanor is rabidly energetic. He delivers his responses with an acerbic wit and a gloriously foul mouth, which has earned him the moniker “the Elvis of cultural theory”, though something like “the Richard Pryor of radical philosophy” strikes me as more appropriate.”
How would you define “truth”? This is not just a philosophical question. In all of life actually, the question of what is “truth”, what is “real” and how we define these terms is very relevant, even necessary through our lives and how we make decisions. “What is truth?” is both an epistemological (knowledge) as well as ontological (reality) question.
So what is “truth”?
Obviously we do it most of the time (decide what is true/real vs not-true/not-real) without thinking about it specifically. So how do you know for sure at each of the far ends of the spectrum (true/not-true)? And how do you make a decision between options in those many “grey areas” which are in the middle somewhere? When it is not so clear if something is “true” or not.
“Normally, a book about Nietzsche’s political theory would not be of interest to general audiences, but against the backdrop of Brexit and Donald Trump, I suspect it will be.”
“Despite Nietzsche’s pointed, if sporadic, political commentary, there’s a debate among scholars about the political relevance of his thought. On the one side are those who think Nietzsche’s concerns were largely apolitical. If you comb through his texts, you don’t find much that speaks directly to traditional political concerns. And when he does touch the political, it’s never in any systematic way; there’s no unified theory.”
“Author Ryan Holiday is bringing back an ancient philosophy of “stoicism” and it’s proving a hit with the Silicon Valley crowd, Olympic athletes and hip-hop stars.”
“Stoicism was founded by the Greek philosopher Zeno of Cilium (334-262 BC) but it spread widely and was practiced for hundreds of years across the Hellenistic world and the Roman Empire, all the way until Emperor Marcus Aurelius (121-180 CE).”
“Stoics emphasized goodness and peace of mind from leading a virtuous, ethical life. In practice, they sought to limit negative emotions and encouraged self-control. The idea was to become clear-headed and thus able to tap into the knowledge of universal reason.”
“We have to decide what vision of the good life compels us, and commit to it. Humanity is an ongoing question, and technology cannot answer on our behalf.”
“It concerns not just the Internet, but technology in general. It is the expectation that technology can and will solve problems; that the future will be better because technology will have made it so; that many of us can wait for machines and code to fix things.”
“This is not surprising. Technology is about problem-solving. As Aristotle revealed in his study of techne, or craft, its rationality is instrumental. Technology realises possibilities which would not otherwise be, and it does so reliably – or is supposed to. It is a specific means to specific ends.”
“In 2010, Professor Hawking declared that scientists rather than philosophers “have become the bearers of the torch of discovery in our quest for knowledge”.”
“Philosophers argued their case at a debate held at the British Academy in London this week. According to Tim Crane, Knightbridge professor of philosophy at the University of Cambridge, Professor Hawking himself proved that philosophy is unavoidable, since he put forward a lot of philosophical views. Unfortunately, these amounted to “bad philosophy, because he is unaware of it as a discipline and a practice with a history,” Professor Crane said.”
“When an audience member asked Mr. Holiday if Stoicism ‘is becoming too trendy,’ he answered by defending his part in popularizing it as a self-help strategy. ‘We’ve only captured a very small fraction of the potential market,’ he said, sounding more entrepreneurial than philosophic. ‘Stoicism is a philosophy designed for the masses, and if it has to be simplified a bit to reach the masses, so be it.'””
“Consider some of the visions of educational progress offered online for our delectation. Search for “the classroom of the future” and you’ll be dazzled by digital possibilities: technicolour seating with tablets for all, massive projectors and interactive whiteboards, virtual and augmented reality environments, live video links, and telepresence beamed across the world. As some companies boast from the vantage of their labs, what’s on offer is “a truly personalised environment” in which “the classroom will learn you,” providing “a tailored curriculum from kindergarten through high school and toward employment.” With teachers backed up by “sophisticated analytics over the cloud,” what could be better?”
“Education in the 21st century, Floridi notes, isn’t just about preaching certainties. It “should teach us to be careful about what we think we know, and hence the art of doubting and being critical even of the seemingly certain. We are all fallible, it is how we handle our degree of fallibility that makes a difference.” Behavioural economics and cognitive science offer some of the best insights yet into handling fallibility – into offsetting the predictable irrationalities that are the stuff of bodies and minds. Yet we sometimes seem to be retreating ever further from the implications of such self-knowledge.”