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by Gary Childress
Sun Dec 28, 2014 11:01 pm
Forum: Book Club
Topic: An Essay Per Day: Resolution for 2015
Replies: 41
Views: 5570

Re: An Essay Per Day: Resolution for 2015

Getting back to 'H'. It astounds me that someone so intelligent could be on the side of the Nazis. Tom once shared a book on here that I keep forgetting the name of...but it was about how people become followers of certain ideologies. My own sister admits to being racist because she 'can't help it ...
by Gary Childress
Sun Dec 28, 2014 9:19 pm
Forum: Book Club
Topic: An Essay Per Day: Resolution for 2015
Replies: 41
Views: 5570

Re: An Essay Per Day: Resolution for 2015

artisticsolution wrote: Sorry Gary, didn't mean to hijack your thread. I'll take this to the aesthetic department...lol.
It's OK. At least my thread hasn't been completely ignored. :)
by Gary Childress
Sun Dec 28, 2014 3:07 am
Forum: Book Club
Topic: An Essay Per Day: Resolution for 2015
Replies: 41
Views: 5570

Re: An Essay Per Day: Resolution for 2015

Almost half way through chapter 7 now. I may just come out with a double today, finishing off two chapters instead of the projected 1 per day. So far chapter 7 seems very interesting. I've studied Heidegger before, including in college and this reading campaign is starting to refresh my memory a bit...
by Gary Childress
Sun Dec 28, 2014 12:21 am
Forum: Book Club
Topic: An Essay Per Day: Resolution for 2015
Replies: 41
Views: 5570

Re: An Essay Per Day: Resolution for 2015

Just finished up Chapter 6 in Moran's book and now I see why most of Heidegger's biography was glossed over very briefly. Moran dedicated the last 2 sections of the Chapter to Heidegger's affiliation with the Nazis in a little greater detail than he did over other parts of his life. Definitely a dar...
by Gary Childress
Sat Dec 27, 2014 10:50 pm
Forum: Book Club
Topic: An Essay Per Day: Resolution for 2015
Replies: 41
Views: 5570

Re: An Essay Per Day: Resolution for 2015

I look forward to your posts in 2015! :) Me too. I've bookmarked this thread. One year at the annual meeting of the American Maritain Association, when Heidegger was being discussed, I was startled when a philosopher spoke of Heidegger in the present tense. He addressed the Heidegger scholar on the...
by Gary Childress
Sat Dec 27, 2014 9:55 pm
Forum: Book Club
Topic: An Essay Per Day: Resolution for 2015
Replies: 41
Views: 5570

Re: An Essay Per Day: Resolution for 2015

Currently in the middle of Chapter 6 in Moran's Introduction to Phenomenology. Most of chapter 6 is more or less a short biography of Heidegger's life and not a very interesting one (at least to me). Events are brushed over very briefly and not fleshed out very much. "This happened, then this, then ...
by Gary Childress
Sat Dec 27, 2014 5:05 pm
Forum: Book Club
Topic: An Essay Per Day: Resolution for 2015
Replies: 41
Views: 5570

Re: An Essay Per Day: Resolution for 2015

artisticsolution wrote:I look forward to your posts in 2015! :)
Many thanks for the encouragement artisticsolution! Likewise, I look forward to any help, feedback and/or suggestions others may be able to provide in response to my posts. And of course feel free to join in on this "Essay per day" campaign! :)
by Gary Childress
Sat Dec 27, 2014 2:34 am
Forum: Book Club
Topic: An Essay Per Day: Resolution for 2015
Replies: 41
Views: 5570

Re: An Essay Per Day: Resolution for 2015

Here is the "game plan" so far. Instead of jumping around from topic to topic I have decided to organize my readings around specific themes and philosophers. For example, to start off I have decided to immerse myself for the next several months (possibly the whole year) in the ideas of Martin Heideg...
by Gary Childress
Fri Dec 26, 2014 9:42 pm
Forum: Book Club
Topic: An Essay Per Day: Resolution for 2015
Replies: 41
Views: 5570

An Essay Per Day: Resolution for 2015

I'm not a very avid reader, especially of relatively good scholarly sources on subjects. Most of my reading the past few years has been news on the Internet (or Rumornet perhaps). In order to break this habit I make the following resolution: My resolution for 2015 is to try to read at least 1 essay ...
by Gary Childress
Thu Aug 28, 2014 11:18 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Hypocrisy
Replies: 36
Views: 5336

Re:

henry quirk wrote:"Obviously a person can use a gun to wound."

Sure, you can 'try' to shoot to wound, but, if you wanna just incapacitate someone, there are better tools (taser, pepper spray, etc.).
Agreed.
by Gary Childress
Thu Aug 28, 2014 5:36 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Hypocrisy
Replies: 36
Views: 5336

Re: Hypocrisy

Obviously a person can use a gun to wound. However, sometimes, unless a person shoots to kill, the wounded one (if similarly armed) may shoot to stop you from wounding them again and kill you. No one wants to be shot in the leg, therefore in order to avoid that, it makes sense to put the other out o...
by Gary Childress
Thu Aug 28, 2014 3:29 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: As good as it gets
Replies: 71
Views: 10126

Re: As good as it gets

. . .as capitalism can work with most systems but in these cases only for the benefit of the few, to make it work for the benefit of all the values it espouses need to be countered by clear Democratic values as to what being a democratic society entails. My tuppence worth. Thank you for your clarif...
by Gary Childress
Wed Aug 27, 2014 5:16 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: As good as it gets
Replies: 71
Views: 10126

Re: As good as it gets

You're confusing me again? Either you have your rule of the best or you don't, which is it? Fair enough.... I don't know which it is or who is in status of rule, whether it is the best or not. Are the "best" in charge in our society? I don't have that answer. I have heard many complaints that those...
by Gary Childress
Wed Aug 27, 2014 4:51 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: How many lies have you told today?
Replies: 6
Views: 1270

Re: How many lies have you told today?

Blaggard wrote:It is said of course that lying or being dishonest is wrong, but try to sum up just how many lies you told today?
Suppose I say, "I am a human being"? Would that be a "lie"?
by Gary Childress
Wed Aug 27, 2014 3:43 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: As good as it gets
Replies: 71
Views: 10126

Re: As good as it gets

But I'm not the expert here, you seem to be. As do you. . . . Just between us two "experts", then I don't have "MY aristocracy". I don't WANT an aristocracy. But everywhere I look in the world it seems like an "aristocracy" from what I see. So either "aristocracy" is the way things should be or els...