The word “skepticism” has come to represent a variety of things for different people. Depending on context, the term may have its grounding in philosophy, science, and/or religion and theology. In this (very) brief introduction, we will focus on the use of the term in contemporary discussions.
According to the Viktor Frankl Institute of Logotherapy, the following tenets represents the basic principles of Frankl’s theory:
- Life has meaning under all circumstances, even the most miserable ones.
- Our main motivation for living is our will to find meaning in life.
- We have freedom to find meaning in what we do, and what we experience, or at least in the stand we take when faced with a situation of unchangeable suffering.
His book, Man’s Search for Meaning, gives the reader a glimpse into life in a Nazi death camp but also details the thinking that underlies his theory of Logotherapy. Continue reading “Man’s Search for Meaning (Viktor E. Frankl): Memorable Quotes”
In this post, you will find a number of resources to help you think about (and perhaps reconsider) humankind’s relationship to/with Nature.
Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (1918 – 2013) was a human rights activist and the first democratically-elected president of South Africa. Also known as “Madiba“, he is not generally considered to be a philosopher though his thoughts on leadership, politics, and ethics make him (to my mind at least) a figure worth considering. In what follows I will detail a few memorable quotes from his book Conversations with Myself (first published in 2010), which also includes a forward by the former president of the USA, Barack Obama.
In a previous post, I detailed some of the resources that I found helpful starting out in philosophy. The main aim of that specific post was to help guide the “absolute beginner”. In what follows I provide a few additional resources (by no means an exhaustive list!) that you’ll find useful once you have some understanding of the basics of the subject.
It’s always a good day when new books arrive!
Blackburn, Simon: Think: A Compelling Introduction to Philosophy. [SA | Intl]. Want to learn more about philosophy, but don’t know where to start? Read my post about the resources that I found helpful.
Growing up, I often heard people jokingly start a statement with “Confucius says…” Though I could not grasp what it meant at the time, it was understood that any statement that starts this way is supposed to convey some seemingly important truth and/or wisdom. It was only when I started my journey into philosophy, and subsequently read The Analects, that I began to appreciate the wisdom and importance of this man also known as Master Kong or Kongzi. In what follows I give my favourite quotes from The Analects (some considered to be authentic to Confucius, others not).