Existentialist Discussion (Notes from Underground - Fyodor Dostoevsky)

  • August 11, 2013 · 2:30 PM
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Another discussion for anyone who likes to hear and talk about existentialist perspectives.

We're reading Fyodor Dostoevsky's Notes from Underground.  If you get a chance to read it, that's great, if not, don't worry and come along anyway!

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  • Michael

    I enjoyed the discussion. Mention of Slavoj Žižek, Paul Bowles (translation from Moroccan authors). Other Dostoevsky works: Crime and Punishment, the Brothers Karamazov and Poor Folk; the similarity of Dostoevsky's realism to Nikolai Gogol's. Viktor Frankl's "Man's Search for Meaning", R D Laing and Spinoza, Peter Strawson's "Freedom and Resentment". The search for Latin American existentialists lighted on Mario Benedetti. Heidegger's readability was questioned. Mexican Jorge Portilla's Suspension of Seriousness was noted. After a brief skimming of Existential Phenomenology by William A. Luijpen PhD, The Infinite Library by Kane X Faucher the question where next arose. Obviously Steppenwolf, by Hermann Hesse, which will be the text for discussion on September 15th, 2013. The conversation was particularly interesting when discussing what is actually meant by existentialist freedom. Is it a freedom accessed by rule-breaking, or rather the choosing of one's own responses?

    August 11, 2013

  • Maria

    Running late.. Will be there asap

    August 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Yes it will be very interesting to listen to notes from the underground - see you on Sunday

    August 10, 2013

  • Liz S.

    Is there anything I should read before the meeting?

    June 21, 2013

    • Michael

      Only if you get time Liz! Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky. Discussion often wanders around anyway!

      June 22, 2013

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