The fallacy of misplaced concreteness
A N Whitehead quote
God is not a statue we possess
Envy is invisible yet death
Chomsky talks about Paulo Freire’s writing
This broad ranging review gives a very good account of Arendt’s political views on Jews and on Israel.I learned a lot and have sympathy for her position.I am fearful of the current state of the middle east in general
I do not agree that having thoughts,ideas or words in your head means that you are thinking.You may be obsessing or tormenting yourself….
“Five percent of the people think;
ten percent of the people think they think;
and the other eighty-five percent would rather die than think.”
― Thomas A. Edison
THINKING TOO MUCH?
Lonely Thinking: Hannah Arendt on Film
http://www.theguardian.com/film/2013/sep/26/hannah-arendt-reviewThe reason I am writing this is that at the end of this film,Arendt gives a seven minute monologue on,what is thinking?
She believed the people like Eichmann who carried out Hitler’s Final Solution were not psychotic monsters but were people unable to think.I feel unqualified to comment on that except to agree with her that true thinking is not easy and how can we learn to do it.It cannot be just a mental process but must involve the whole of a person.If we fear to think we will join a movement, a church or any other organisation which we will obey in order not to have to think.I believe many of us still do that.Thinling can be a lonely business as she said
[By the way,I am not Jewish]
When we say someone is a great thinker,what do we mean?And can someone be a great thinker about some aspects of life,the world,society,philosophy and a very poor thinker in other aspects?Naturally I am thinking about Heidegger.Greatly admired,influential and a tutor to the likes of Hanna Arendt.
We could say he did us a service in reminding us that not even a great philosopher is always a good judge of society,politics and new ideas.Moreover,he must have shut his eyes to the attacks on Jewish people across Germany….How can this be?I hear someone saying,thinking is not enough if it is restricted to what is safe to think about.Character,ethical status,love of humanity seem to be absent from some of our academics and scholars.And how much more is that likely when our Universities are run as profit making businesses where the number of citations you receive is the measure of your work’s worth…. so noone may ever read it yet if you ask all your colleagues,friends and contacts to cite you then success and acclaim await.Meanwhile society crumbles,the poor are punished and old made anxious.
Re Hannah Arendt [ Wikipedia’
In 2012 a German film titled Hannah Arendt was released, directed by Margarethe von Trotta, and with Barbara Sukowa in the role of Arendt. The film concentrates on the Eichmann trial, and the controversy caused by Arendt’s book, which at the time was WIDELY MISUNDERSTOOD as defending Eichmann and blaming Jewish leaders for the Shoa/Holocaust
I seem to be led between these two philosophers.Levinas was an admirer and student of Heidegger until the Nazi era.Though Levinas’ wi fe and daughter survived WW2 hidden in a Monastery,the rest of his family who were Jews in Lithuania perished. in the Nazi Camps.This made him rethink his philosophy and led him into putting Ethics in primary place.And the primacy of our awareness of /responsibility the other as our first concern.Indeed that is what makes us human subjects
Perhaps only a Jewish person has the right to talk about Ethics after the Holocaust.
I put two links below.
How Levinas Overcame Heidegger
- I looked up Levinas’s life (complexnumberblog.wordpress.com)
- Heidegger’s ‘mineness’ in comparison with Buddhism (thrownintotheworld.wordpress.com)
- Push the envelope. Watch it bend. (thefairestharmony.wordpress.com)
- Conduct Unbecoming a Philosopher (geopolicraticus.wordpress.com)
- “What is called thinking” by Heidegger (complexnumberblog.wordpress.com)
- Levinas’ Ethics (complexnumberblog.wordpress.com)
- Adorno on Heidegger (leiterreports.typepad.com)
Dogs! Who wants them?They can’t talk,they can’t cook,they can’t wash up.They can’t wash themselves properly so have to be groomed by somebody else.Aw.dogs!Who wants a dog?They can’t even make the bed though happy to sleep on it.There’s saying.Let sleeping dogs lie .So they can’t even tell the truth. but why let them lie?Is the truth too disturbing?But at least they don’t smoke…. or do they?I have my suspicions but no proof as yet.Maybe they smoke in the bath?