Anyone who is interested in some pretty gruesome tragedies ought to learn about the curse on the House of Atreus. The tale begins with Tantalus, who tries to test the gods by feeding them his own murdered son, Pelops. The gods realize the trick (well, all but one of them), and curse…Continue
Theists have a paralyzed imagination: imaginary things have been imagined for them, and their own imaginations can imagine nothing more or less, but only what has already been prepared for them - ready-made thinking devoid of authenticity, only copied and memorized without a single original thought necessary to fit the prefabricated mold of what is supposed to pass for a mind.
It might come as somewhat of a surprise to modern readers (it did to me) that the Odyssey was almost fundamentally an expression of the need to have a skeptical attitude to be a good, and especially heroic, person. Homer seems to have matured to some degree between writing the…Continue
On at least two separate occasions in my personal life, and on many more while reading what theists have to say, I have come across an insidious argument which attempts to justify faith (through a rational argument, ironically enough!) by attempting to argue that every belief we have is grounded in faith. Here is my quick dismissal of this petulant argument:
The argument by the theists is that we have to take everything on faith, even reason. Besides the obvious objection…Continue
I was actually shocked by the power of the arguments I found which, as I say in the paper, show that not only is it irrational to believe in an omnibenevolent, just deity given the problem of evil, such as the frequency of undeserved suffering in the world, e.g. the suffering of…Continue
My paper on Thumos (Spirit) and how it can serve as the basis for human value, as opposed to Plato's theory of the Good as he presents it in the Symposium.
Symposium is perhaps Plato's best work, at least I found it so. It is Plato's attempt to describe Love, and through this to explain the Good. He first sets the scene of a group of 7 or so men meeting at one of their houses, when one of them comes up with a theme for the night's drinking - each of them…Continue
The heroic spirit, the will to persevere, is the essential virtue. All else of human value flows from this primary human value. The title of this paper is called "The Threat of Temperance to the Heroic Spirit in the Epic of Gilgamesh".
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