Thinking Philosophy and Fear

From: user 1.
Sent on: Saturday, November 10, 2012 7:30 PM

To the Thinkers Thinking About Fear:

 

I have been thinking about fear a lot.  We keep getting lots of reminders from popular culture filled with fearful iconography.  You don’t need to look much further than an HBO film about Hitchcock at the time of The Birds and a theatrical film coming out about the time of Psycho to realize that we love to be afraid, at least in fantasy.

 

… Or obviously in reality here and there and for many everywhere.  Just look at the noxious election imagery that was full of fear.

 

I have attached a document that I wanted you to read for our discussion on Monday November 19 at the Carrollwood Cultural Center on elements in the great book The Philosophy of Fear by Lars Svendsen.  The link on the meetup wouldn’t work unless you subscribed to the Philosophy Today, a journal.  Well I did that for you and the critical article on the book is attached.

 

Please consider signing up for the meetup at the link below.

 

http://www.meetup.com/tampa-bay-thinkers/events/86615472/

 

I promise not to bring politics into this, as requested, but I would also like you to consider a great in the NY Times column this past Wednesday from Jonathan  Haidt who  wrote the great  book The Righteous Mind that tried to describe our divided political universe.  The article is about how fear is good and a hope for the future.  I disagree entirely but consider this link:

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/07/opinion/after-the-election-fear-is-our-only-chance-at-unity.html?pagewanted=all

 

I promise a brief email and a rewriting of our thesis statement for the fear meeting, likely tomorrow.  Even before reading what I will offer, sign up for the meeting without it.  It will certainly be thought provoking because you guys and ladies will be there, right?

 

Dale Friedley

Your Head  Dork

 

 

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