Saturday lecture and forum

We'll be watching and discussing the meaning of life, one 30-minute lecture at a time

Meaning of Life: Perspectives from the World’s Great Intellectual Traditions
Teachco course number 4320
Philosophy & Intellectual History
Professor Jay L. Garfield, Smith College
36 Lectures, November[masked] - July 2014

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  • Barbara Ann W.

    Previous Trilogy: The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo

    November 24, 2013

  • Barbara Ann W.

    On the Alice Miller link is the quote "...society's ignorance remains so immovable and parents continue to produce severe pain and destructivity..." I find that there are many many "good" people in society that simply reject due to "moral outrage or distaste" some interesting contemporary readings that in a "fictional account" provide both an emotional and cognitive account of power and cruelty - dominance and submission - and the sort of "love-sex gone morally wrong" of erotic literature. Although overall no one should read anything that does not appeal to them - I think that if you are in the counseling fields or the fields that seek to understand "Chronic Pain" and "Political People that seek Cruel Dominance," then it is helpful to consider some of this literature. Because some of what is and has been done is simply "A matter of ignorance to those who are good and moral and thus motivated to make changes in a positive way."

    Latest trilogt: "Fifty Shades of Gray."

    November 24, 2013

  • a.m.

    Hey, Leonard: I'm responding to your concern that Hitler described his and childhood favorably in Mein Kampf. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mein_Kampf) I'm not sure exactly what you point was, but I strongly recommend the writing of Alice Miller who wrote a lot about famously abused children. http://www.alice-miller.com/index_en.php


    I highly recommend her books http://www.alice-miller.com/books_en.php:

    The Drama of the Gifted Child
    The Untouched Key
    The Body Never Lies

    annine

    1 · November 23, 2013

    • Leonard H.

      My point was what I said: You had said that hitler was beaten by his father. His autobiography said not. There's a discrepancy, and you and I were talking about it.

      November 23, 2013

    • a.m.

      Just to clarify, I stated that in context of a larger point. Someone had made the argument that if you start from the premise that life is meaningless, it results in people like Hitler and Stalin taking control. (Although I don't recall anyone making that claim as a statement of fact.) I was attempting to say that circumstances are more complex than that. Among many other factors that contributed to the power that the tyrants had, I stated, it is known that these despots were viciously abused as children.

      November 24, 2013

  • a.m.

    Here is a link to the Wiki bio for Alice Miller: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alice_Miller_(psychologist)

    If this takes you to the disambiguation page, just click on the Alice Miller psychologist link.

    November 23, 2013

  • Barbara Ann W.

    So much of what I have heard from people in conversations about the meaning of life involves also the thought of immortality through good works or family or some other mechanism. So I am curious as to how "the Greats" of Philosophy - including those in our discussion - view the subject.

    November 12, 2013

  • Donna

    I can't wait to hear what others think/feel about the meaning of life.

    November 12, 2013

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