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A couple of A.C . Grayling’s books – recently finished

In books, ethics, freedom, good life, history, moral issues, philosophy, politics, traditions on December 14, 2013 at 14:26

The Good Book: A Humanist Bible.
I normally really enjoy books by A.C. Grayling.  I’ve got few complaints about this one.  I don’t know if it’s only fault of the audio book but I found it frustrating that I didn’t know from where the quotes were taken.

I did really enjoyed the verses chapter. It was great to recognise a piece of poetry I’ve learned at school in another language!  On the whole I think the book should not had “Bible” in the title and somehow influencing its structure. Bible is not a greatest of our ancient texts and has been completely discredited over the centuries. 

I also think that this A.C . Grayling book would benefit from inclusion of modern philosophy.

Liberty in the Age of Terror: A Defence of Civil Liberties and Enlightenment Values.
It is right to be concerned with attacks on Civil Liberties.  However I think the author didn’t really shown how much better informed we are thanks to the technology and globalisation,  how much more opportunities we have to express our opinions to the whole world and to listen to opinions of others. The feeling of interdependence and interconnection (one small world!) does helps to promote the Enlightenment values by itself.

It’s OK as long as its not harmfull

In ethics, freedom, philosophy, relationship, religion on June 23, 2013 at 08:12

John Gray said in a recent interview: “I don’t care what people believe, unless it is in some way demonstrably toxic or harmful.”  This is somebody posing as original critical thinker – yet the phrase describes probably most of us with various opinions about many subjects. Each human think of different ideas as harmful, that’s it. Any religious fanatic would think that not following his understanding of his religion is harmful to people and he, being, of course, concerned about everybody’s wellbeing, would go any distance to convert all of us, to protect us from harm. Lots of horrible things are done not because of hatred but because of compassion, because of will to help to some “lost sheep”.  Non-fanatics may think the same, but they won’t actively go and try to “rescue” everybody they meet. Unless you live a life of apathy and indifference, you would find ideas, beliefs, sets of mind that you think are harmful. It could be just a waste of time in you opinion, or you could think “this may lead to violence, and that’s bad”.  Do psychologists, sociologist, historians, brain scientists write on when, how and which ideas become destructive for individuals or societies? Do they publish the results openly, without fear of offending supporters of these ideas? This may bring some clarity. Or maybe not, as the experts would probably disagree on what is destructive. For example, how much anger, procrastination or indifference is OK for each of us, could violent outbreaks in history lead to better future, etc…

What John Gray is afraid? “… the idea that human beings are, by their very nature, free is the one of the most harmful fictions that has ever been promoted anywhere.” So there is example of somebody who is actually after your freedom. Harmful illusion it is…

In Uncategorized on September 23, 2012 at 06:42

Vain is the word of a philosopher which does not heal any suffering of humankind. For just as there is no profit in medicine if it does not expel the diseases of the body, so there is no profit in philosophy either, if it does not expel the suffering of the mind.

Epicurus

In Uncategorized on July 15, 2012 at 06:43

I’ve been reading about #ideas of the #Enlightenment and… I’ve put some of them on a #Zazzle #tshirt. Just one of the crazy #projects of mine… #text #quotes #philosophy #print #linandaras_art #freethinking #blackandwhite #black #white (Taken with Instagram)

A t-shirt for The New Enlightenment

In black and white, freedom, philosophy, t-shirt on June 22, 2012 at 13:05
For The New Enlightenment! Shirts
On the front: The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters (El sueño de la razón produce monstruos) in English, Spanish and Russian languages. Originally a title of an etching made by the Spanish painter and printmaker Francisco Goya. Etched between 1797–1799. On the back: “Dare to use your own intelligence! This is the battle-cry of the Enlightenment…” by Immanuel Kant – in English and Russian. For free-thinking people who share the views of Christopher Hitchens that we need a New Enlightement.

In Uncategorized on October 4, 2011 at 15:59

jellyfish-dance:

Bertrand Russell’s message to the future.

Anachronism

In Uncategorized on September 27, 2011 at 04:57

Science moves forward, but the rest of human activities is not necessary does so. Many of so called new ideas are just well forgotten old ones. Read a diary or an article from long ago you will see that the problems bothering people didn’t change much. What they call “modern art” is often at least forty years old. Since Renaissance people have been rediscovering what Greek philosophers knew from long ago. The thing that changed is that human life became more precious – and that is a good thing.

In Uncategorized on September 21, 2011 at 19:32

But there is indeed something to be learned from the history of morality. It is that it consists in a struggle – a Heraclitean one, as the flux back and forth shows, and a Herculean one, given how much of the happiness of mankind is at stake – between what, for brievity, one might call ‘liberal’ and ‘conservative’ values…
….Most people, as individuals, never belong fully to either party, but hover between, tending to err on the liberal side in respect of their own conduct and on the concervative side in respect of others’ conduct. One large difference between the parties is that when the concervatives have the upper hand they actively persecute the liberals (in the past going so far as to burn them at the stake), whereas the liberals, when ascendant, cause conservatives no greater agonies that those of disapproval and chagrin.

A.C.Grayling

The Choice of Hercules

In Uncategorized on September 13, 2011 at 07:29

Death is nothing to us, since when we are, death has not come, and when death has come, we are not.

Epicurus (via ordinaryrevolutionary)

In Uncategorized on September 5, 2011 at 05:29

The unconsidered life is not worth living

Socrates

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