Hedonists vs. Ascetics

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  • Is it the state of our souls we should concern ourselves with, or the state of our flesh? We live in a culture of ambivalence when it comes to these issues; is it possible to approach them from a philosophical perspective and arrive at anything other than pop psychology? How do those on each side of the issue describe themselves philosophically? Though this issue has overlaps with religious belief, I think there is plenty to be said without venturing too far into that territory--I'd hate to reduce a conflict I think so essential to human existence to a theistic argument. After all, there is still indulgence in the withholding!

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Does this group ever actually meet?

    March 22

    • A former member
      A former member

      It's odd that someone's paying fees for the site, but nothing happens. If anyone's looking for intelligent conversations, my book club is pretty ace. http://www.meetup.com...­

      March 27

    • Linda

      I am always busy with work M-Th but would love to attend a meeting F-Sun if it is scheduled.

      June 27

  • shelli

    would love to see this discussion take place. Had a conversation about Hedonism with my son who is majoring in Philosophy when I recently visited him in Seattle and I am no where near done warping my mind around the concept and my thoughts on it. Who sets a date? Alex Harrell - are you the organizer? I, for one, cannot do Tuesday or Thursday nights until the academic year ends...

    March 25

  • Gretchen

    The middle way. Always the middle way.

    October 29

  • Sarah T.

    These concepts exist simultaneous as fluctuating concepts within my relative experience - to consider them as extremes seems like a fun challenge and discussion.

    July 27, 2012

  • Alex Harrell changed the location to Earth Fare - Brier Creek

    November 11, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    I see no reason to posit this in adversarial terms or as an either or situation. Both have value. Zero sum games are too limiting.

    June 21, 2011

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    June 3, 2011

  • Ludmila B.

    As long as the H and A respect each other and leave each other alone, I don't see the need for putting them in an adversary position. Also, people shouldn't be limited by such definitions: you can explore hedonistic life and ascetic, embrace both at different times or different aspects of your life.

    May 24, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    The mind is the idea of the body

    December 20, 2010

  • Bryce K.

    Why the division? Why not sympathetic multiplicity? I believe high levels of consciousness can integrate very different states and needs to adaptive compatibility.

    1 · December 11, 2010

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    Proud Durhamite who enjoys having my thoughts and beliefs shaken and set on a different path.

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    Starting a new chapter in life and seeking new friends.

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    An Ex-USAF officer and still a gentleman. Degrees in biology, psychology and philosophy. Retired... more

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