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Cookies are Not Accepted - New York Times. Meditations - Wikipedia. Meditations (Medieval Greek: Τὰ εἰς ἑαυτόν Ta eis heauton, literally "[that which is] to himself") is a series of personal writings by Marcus Aurelius, Roman Emperor from 161 to 180 AD, recording his private notes to himself and ideas on Stoic philosophy.

Meditations - Wikipedia

Marcus Aurelius wrote the 12 books of the Meditations in Koine Greek[1] as a source for his own guidance and self-improvement.[2] It is possible that large portions of the work were written at Sirmium, where he spent much time planning military campaigns from 170 to 180. Eudaimonia - Wikipedia. Discussion of the links between virtue of character (ethikē aretē) and happiness (eudaimonia) is one of the central concerns of ancient ethics, and a subject of much disagreement.

Eudaimonia - Wikipedia

As a result there are many varieties of eudaimonism. Two of the most influential forms are those of Aristotle[3] and the Stoics. Aristotle takes virtue and its exercise to be the most important constituent in eudaimonia but acknowledges also the importance of external goods such as health, wealth, and beauty. By contrast, the Stoics make virtue necessary and sufficient for eudaimonia and thus deny the necessity of external goods.[4] Definition[edit] The good composed of all goods; an ability which suffices for living well; perfection in respect of virtue; resources sufficient for a living creature. So, as Aristotle points out, saying that eudaimon life is a life which is objectively desirable, and means living well, is not saying very much. Main views on eudaimonia and its relation to aretē[edit] Socrates[edit] Alan Watts - Why Your Life Is Not A Journey.

Think big, be free, have sex … 10 reasons to be an existentialist. I was a teenage existentialist.

Think big, be free, have sex … 10 reasons to be an existentialist

I became one at 16 after spending birthday money from my granny on Jean-Paul Sartre’s Nausea. It was the cover that attracted me, with its Dalí painting of a dripping watch and sickly green rock formation, plus a blurb describing it as “a novel of the alienation of personality and the mystery of being”. I didn’t know what was mysterious about being, or what alienation meant – although I was a perfect example of it at the time. I just guessed that it would be my kind of book. About. The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy (IEP) (ISSN 2161-0002) was founded in 1995 as a non-profit organization to provide open access to detailed, scholarly information on key topics and philosophers in all areas of philosophy. Vedanta, Advaita. 11 Quotes From Alan Watts That Will Change Your Life. Alan Watts is considered as the foremost interpreter of Eastern disciplines for the contemporary West.

11 Quotes From Alan Watts That Will Change Your Life.

He had an astonishing and an indescribable way of writing the unwritable. Among all the qualities of this great orator and writer, he had an unique gift of expressing complex thoughts in the form of simple and illustrated thoughts. The simple way he exemplified and expressed all his reflections made him and universal philosopher, someone that could be comprehended by the vast majority of the people. Let’s see some of Alan Watts’ magic and awakening quotes. 1. PHILOSOPHY POSTERS by Max Temkin.

Philosophy is the study of general and fundamental problems, such as those connected with existence, knowledge, values, reason, mind, and language.

PHILOSOPHY POSTERS by Max Temkin

Philosophy is distinguished from other ways of addressing such problems by its critical, generally systematic approach and its reliance on rational argument. The word “philosophy” comes from the Greek φιλοσοφία (philosophia), which literally means “love of wisdom“. In this case, Max Temkin, the artist, wanted to create posters with quotes that motivated people to think ‘different‘. More about Max Temkin’s philosophy posters. Hobson's choice. A Hobson's choice is a free choice in which only one thing is offered.

Hobson's choice

Because a person may refuse to accept what is offered, the two options are taking it or taking nothing. In other words, one may "take it or leave it. " The phrase is said to have originated with Thomas Hobson (1544–1631), a livery stable owner in Cambridge, England, who offered customers the choice of either taking the horse in his stall nearest the door or taking none at all.

Origins[edit] According to a plaque underneath a painting of Hobson donated to Cambridge Guildhall, Hobson had an extensive stable of some 40 horses. Henry Ford was also said to have offered the Ford Model T with the famous Hobson's choice: "Any customer can have a car painted any colour that he wants as long as it is black.

Viktor E. Frankl Quotes (Author of Man's Search for Meaning) “The pessimist resembles a man who observes with fear and sadness that his wall calendar, from which he daily tears a sheet, grows thinner with each passing day.

Viktor E. Frankl Quotes (Author of Man's Search for Meaning)

On the other hand, the person who attacks the problems of life actively is like a man who removes each successive leaf from his calendar and files it neatly and carefully away with its predecessors, after first having jotted down a few diary notes on the back. He can reflect with pride and joy on all the richness set down in these notes, on all the life he has already lived to the fullest. What will it matter to him if he notices that he is growing old? Has he any reason to envy the young people whom he sees, or wax nostalgic over his own lost youth? 48 Hours of Joseph Campbell Lectures Free Online: The Power of Myth & Storytelling.

Photo by “Folkstory” features Joseph Campbell (left) with Jonathan Young, via Wikimedia Commons.

48 Hours of Joseph Campbell Lectures Free Online: The Power of Myth & Storytelling

You may not be interested in politics, they say, but politics is interested in you. The same, if you believe famed mythologist Joseph Campbell, goes for myth: far from explaining only the origin of the world as believed by extinct societies, it can explain the power of stories we enjoy today — up to and including Star Wars. The man behind PBS’ well-known series The Power of Myth left behind many words in many formats telling us precisely why, and now you can hear a fair few of them — 48 hours worth — for free on this Spotify playlist. (If you don’t have Spotify’s software already, you can download it free here.) Time to rethink what makes humans special. WITH the year drawing to a close, it’s time to throw out old ideas and bring in the new.

Time to rethink what makes humans special

Two mind-stretching books, The Secret of our Success by anthropologist Joseph Henrich, and The Crucible of Language by cognitive linguist Vyvyan Evans, will help you do just that. Both contain powerful ideas. The first forces a rethink of what makes humans special: the answer is not that we are terribly clever or able to do much with our big brains on our own.