The Ego Crisis

The growth of self importance in the average person can be connected to a few different ideas, namely the decline of religion and monarchy and the rise of consumerism and humanism. As the sun set on Feudal England around the 1300s, this way of life was replaced by a set of ideals largely borrowed from rediscovered Greek and Roman texts, summed up best by Thracian philosopher Protagoras – “Man is the measure of all things”. Continue reading The Ego Crisis

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(New) Atheism is Dead

New atheism was a movement that was born in the mid 2000s – often understood as the brainchild of 4 men – Daniel Dennett, Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens. These men are behind best selling books such as The God Delusion and God is Not Great, books that I think create a straw man out of religion – that is to say they blatantly portray it as something it is not. Continue reading (New) Atheism is Dead

How to Get into Political Philosophy

Political philosophy is an ancient and wide ranging discipline. People have long been heavily invested in the manner by which they are to be ruled or rule – be it by a benevolent dictator or dedicated group effort. Many people have a desire to better understand the history of political philosophy but feel lost as beginners in such a complex discipline. Continue reading How to Get into Political Philosophy

The Existentialism of Life of Pi: Chaos, Meaning and The Absurd

There is a moment in Life of Pi when the titular protagonist, having recounted the same story twice, asks a novelist which version he prefers – the fantastical, surreal one or the dark, hopeless one. The novelist chooses the fantastical version without pause and by doing so, the meaning of the film is laid plain for us. Today I want to examine both my own relationship to the film and what it can teach all of us about purpose and the absurd. Continue reading The Existentialism of Life of Pi: Chaos, Meaning and The Absurd

A Chronology of Postmodernism

Postmodernism emerged in the middle of the 1950s from the ashes of humanity’s century long frantic, hubristic search for objectivity. But according to theologian Thomas Oden it was born in 1989, when the Berlin Wall fell. Yet many others claim the age of postmodernism began in 1968 when numerous counterculture protests shut down universities around the world. Like the ideas contained within the term postmodernism, its origins are muddy and no one can quite agree on what the truth is regarding them. Continue reading A Chronology of Postmodernism