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Theodor W. Adorno. Frankfurt School: The Culture Industry: Enlightenment as Mass Deception. Theodor Adorno and Max Horkheimer (1944)

Frankfurt School: The Culture Industry: Enlightenment as Mass Deception

Culture industry. The term culture industry (German: Kulturindustrie) was coined by the critical theorists Theodor Adorno (1903–1969) and Max Horkheimer (1895–1973), and was presented as critical vocabulary in the chapter "The Culture Industry: Enlightenment as Mass Deception", of the book Dialectic of Enlightenment (1944), wherein they proposed that popular culture is akin to a factory producing standardized cultural goods—films, radio programmes, magazines, etc.

Culture industry

The Frankfurt School[edit] Adorno and Theology - Christopher Craig Brittain - Google Books. Pop Brands: Branding, Popular Music, and Young People - Nicholas Carah - Google Books. Amazon. The Return of the Perennial Philosophy: The Supreme Vision of Western ... - John Holman - Google Books. Why Did Thoreau Take the Bhagavad Gita to Walden Pond? True AI is both logically possible and utterly implausible. Suppose you enter a dark room in an unknown building.

True AI is both logically possible and utterly implausible

You might panic about monsters that could be lurking in the dark. Or you could just turn on the light, to avoid bumping into furniture. The dark room is the future of artificial intelligence (AI). Unfortunately, many people believe that, as we step into the room, we might run into some evil, ultra-intelligent machines. This is an old fear. Let an ultraintelligent machine be defined as a machine that can far surpass all the intellectual activities of any man however clever. Ralph Waldo Emerson: “Dare to Love God” - The Essence of Clarity. Ralph Waldo Emerson was one of the most original and influential thinkers of the 19th century.

Ralph Waldo Emerson: “Dare to Love God” - The Essence of Clarity

An essayist, poet, and lecturer, as well as the leader of the transcendentalist movement, he was a spokesman for the intrinsic, spiritual potential of every individual. Emerson’s search for truth led him to the scriptures of India, which he embraced wholeheartedly, free of the condescension common to many western scholars. Swami Kriyananda describes Emerson’s writings, which he discovered in college, as “the closest I had come so far to the expansive vistas of Indian thought, for though I didn’t realize it at the time, Emerson and Thoreau were both admirers of India’s scriptures, and echoed in their own writings the lofty teachings of the Upanishads and Bhagavad Gita.” A reluctant minister. How Metaphysics Can Increase Your Friends A Millionfold. Western logic has held contradictions as false for centuries. Is that wrong? Since Aristotle’s Metaphysics, Western philosophers and logicians have, with few exceptions, viewed contradictions as unacceptable, simply incapable of being true.

Western logic has held contradictions as false for centuries. Is that wrong?

But certain logical paradoxes demonstrate that some contradictions aren’t so easily dismissed as merely false, an idea that some Eastern philosophical traditions have grappled with more successfully. In this instalment of Aeon In Sight, the US-based British philosopher Graham Priest explains how the Liar Paradox – debated since antiquity – can upend the traditional Western view that all contradictions must be false. Producer: Kellen Quinn Interviewer: Nigel Warburton. Alain de botton. Too Many Values? Intolerance, Anti-Relativism and Richard Rorty — IIIIXIII. Anti-relativists fear that accepting too many values will lead to a kind of entropy of values, or as Clifford Geertz has put it: a “heat death of the mind”.

Too Many Values? Intolerance, Anti-Relativism and Richard Rorty — IIIIXIII

To anti-relativists, an equal appreciation and accommodation of values means it will be impossible to tell right from wrong and the significant from the insignificant. To critics, relativism is the annihilation of judgment itself. For some of them, it is even the annihilation of humanity. Philosopher Ian Jarvie writes that “by limiting critical assessment of human works, [relativism] disarms us, dehumanises us, leaves us unable to enter into communicative interaction; that is to say, unable to criticize cross-culturally, cross-sub-culturally”. Profiles in Liberty: Rasmussen Part II. I was reading some Carl Jung and came across the best account for an entelechy of consciousness I've ever encountered. : philosophy.

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New Atheism - Wikipedia

This modern-day atheism and secularism is advanced by critics of religion and religious belief,[1] a group of modern atheist thinkers and writers who advocate the view that superstition, religion and irrationalism should not simply be tolerated but should be countered, criticized, and exposed by rational argument wherever its influence arises in government, education and politics.[2] New Atheism lends itself to and often overlaps with secular humanism and antitheism, particularly in its criticism of what many New Atheists regard as the indoctrination of children and the perpetuation of ideologies founded on belief in the supernatural.

History[edit] Major publications[edit] The Front Page of the Internet. In addition to the examples given below, I have two more: Scott Atran and Bruce Schneier.

the Front Page of the Internet

Atran is an anthropologist and cognitive scientist who has written and researched extensively on the link between religion and terrorism. Sam harris. Retrieving the Radical Tillich: His Legacy and Contemporary Importance - Google Books. Consequentialism - Opposing Viewpoints in Context. As a name for any ethical theory or for the class of ethical theories that evaluate actions by the value of the consequences of the actions, "consequentialism" thus refers to classical utilitarianism and other theories that share this characteristic.

Consequentialism - Opposing Viewpoints in Context

Classical utilitarianism, in the philosophies of Jeremy Bentham, John Stuart Mill, and Henry Sidgwick, was consequentialist, judging actions right in proportion as they tended to produce happiness, wrong as they tended to produce pain. In the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries much of the criticism of utilitarianism was directed at the hedonistic value theory on which the ethical theory was founded. Some philosophers, such as G. E. Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion.


Diogenes of Sinope. Diogenes of Sinope was a controversial figure.

Diogenes of Sinope

His father minted coins for a living, and when Diogenes took to debasement of currency, he was banished from Sinope.[1] After being exiled, he moved to Athens and criticized many cultural conventions of the city. Diogenes modelled himself on the example of Heracles. He believed that virtue was better revealed in action than in theory. He used his simple lifestyle and behaviour (which arguably resembled poverty) to criticize the social values and institutions of what he saw as a corrupt or at least confused society. In a highly non-traditional fashion, he had a reputation of sleeping and eating wherever he chose and took to toughening himself against nature. After being captured by pirates and sold into slavery, Diogenes eventually settled in Corinth. Life[edit] - Semiotics of Thinking.

Syncretism. Syncretism (/ˈsɪŋkrətɪzəm/) is the combining of different, often contradictory beliefs, while blending practices of various schools of thought. Syncretism involves the merger and analogizing of several originally discrete traditions, especially in the theology and mythology of religion, thus asserting an underlying unity and allowing for an inclusive approach to other faiths. Syncretism also occurs commonly in expressions of arts and culture (known as eclecticism) as well as politics (syncretic politics). Nomenclature, orthography, and etymology[edit] The Oxford English Dictionary first attests the word syncretism in English in 1618. It derives from modern Latin syncretismus, drawing on Greek συγκρητισμός (synkretismos), meaning "Cretan federation". The Greek word occurs in Plutarch's (1st century AD) essay on "Fraternal Love" in his Moralia (2.490b). Social and political roles[edit] Religious syncretism[edit]

Czeslaw Milosz: the Moralist and the Philosopher. The Moralist and the Philosopher Short-story writer and philosopher Milosz’s poetry brings also thoughts of philosophical and moral character. Put in the foreground one can find the problem of the disintegration of the Universe based on religion, constant search for God and peace and inner order MAGPIETY (King Popiel and Others Poems) Philosophers want to know why physicists believe theories they can’t prove — Quartz. It’s often assumed that physics and philosophy are at opposite ends of the academic spectrum. In fact, they’re close—so close that they can overlap, with professors sometimes switching between the two fields as they work to advance our understanding of highly abstract subjects in theoretical physics.

One such professor is Richard Dawid, a philosophy of science researcher at Ludwig Maximilian Universität Munich, who has a PhD in theoretical physics and began his career researching particle physics. He transitioned to philosophy, he tells Quartz, to investigate how physicists can come to believe in certain theories without necessarily having the empirical evidence that proves them. The criteria for establishing a theory, he discovered, is not in itself subject to scientific enquiry. “They’re considered background assumptions,” says Dawid. Physicists have long relied on a notion advanced by philosopher Karl Popper, that a theory is scientifically valid if it is falsifiable. [Text] Tips To Make Your Life More Joyful, Successful And Fruitful. : GetMotivated. “Gender is not a binary, it’s a spectrum”: some problems – More radical with age. An oft-repeated mantra among proponents of the notion of gender identity is that “gender is not a binary, it’s a spectrum”.

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His most notable work in these fields is the three-volume Principia Mathematica (1910–13), which he co-wrote with former student Bertrand Russell. Heidegger: The Question Concerning Technology. Apeiron/Peras - Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Philosophy of Søren Kierkegaard. Giordano Bruno. Giordano Bruno (Latin: Iordanus Brunus Nolanus; Italian: [dʒorˈdano ˈbruno]; 1548 – February 17, 1600), born Filippo Bruno, was an Italian Dominican friar, philosopher, mathematician, poet, and astrologer.[3] He is celebrated for his cosmological theories, which went even further than the then-novel Copernican model: while supporting heliocentrism, Bruno also correctly proposed that the Sun was just another star moving in space, and claimed as well that the universe contained an infinite number of inhabited worlds, identified as planets orbiting other stars. Marsilio Ficino.

Marsilio Ficino. Dichtung und Wahrheit. John Gray: Steven Pinker is wrong about violence and war. The Pervert's Guide to Ideology, directed by Sophie Fiennes, starring Slavoj Zizek. Monad. Cosmogony. Right, Wrong and Science: The Ethical Dimensions of the Techno-scientific ... - Evandro Agazzi. Dialectical vs. Di-Polar Theology. Lectures on the Essence of Religion - Lecture XXX. Antoine Fabre d'Olivet. Herbert Spencer. Lectures on the Essence of Religion - Lecture XXX. Ludwig Feuerbach. HEGEL AND MATHEMATICS. Dialectics and Mathematics by Andy Blunden 1984. Albert Lautman Dialectics in Mathematics. Hermeneutic Interpretation by Antoine Fabre d'Olivet.

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