The study of philosophy may not resinate with concepts of happiness...certainly when I think back to some late night library essay writing sessions, happiness was not my primary emotion. Regardless, happiness is a theme that is dealt within philosophy. I have chosen to read The Conquest of Happiness to see how king of logical thinking Bertrand… Continue reading Philosophy and Self-help
The ontological argument Made famous by St Anselm and Descartes. The argument seeks to prove the existence of God a pirori – that is with out the need to experience God and demonstrate his existence only be the virtue that one can conceive of God. In simple terms, Anselm’s argument is as follows: 1. God… Continue reading The Perfect Existence
Schopenhauer’s philosophy portrays human life as servitude to the Will, our desires and goals are governed by the blind urge and empirical observations of this striving only lead to pain and suffering. Aesthetic experience can provide some respite from the Will. For Schopenhauer the aim of the arts is to present the Platonic Ideas and… Continue reading Art as the ultimate transcendental escape
The condition of self-consciousness, of being reflectively aware of one’s identity and actions, has been a repeatedly documented aspect of human experience throughout history. Self-representation in the poetry of the Renaissance court, for example, or the aesthetic endeavours of eighteenth-century portraiture, certainly attest to this. However, as theorists of postmodernism argue, self-consciousness has never before… Continue reading Modernity, the Self, and the Modern Selfie
Remembering Mrs Dalloway I am currently reading Mrs Dalloway, and a theme that stands out for me is memory. “it was extraordinary how vividly it all came back to him, things he hadn’t thought of in years” (p.66) this is a line from Peter Walsh when he casts his mind back his younger days spent… Continue reading Memory – what is it?