Nov 24, Ellen rated it did not like it Recommends it for: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle places it firmly in the ample literature of visual culture and spectacle.
Quotes[ edit ] Man can do what he wills but he cannot will what he wills. It is the courage to make a clean breast of it in the face of every question that makes the philosopher. He must be like Sophocles ' Oedipuswho, seeking enlightenment concerning his terrible fate, pursues his indefatigable inquiry even though he divines that appalling horror awaits him in the answer.
But most of us carry with us the Jocasta in our hearts, who begs Oedipus, for God's sake, not to inquire further. The old woman dies, the burden is lifted. Statement Schopenhauer wrote in Latin into his account book, after the death of a seamstress to whom he had made court-ordered payments of 15 thalers a quarter for over twenty years, after she had accused him of having injured her arm; as quoted in Modern Philosophy: Schopenhauer had won the original case, and, being assured by the head of the Kammergericht that the original judgment would be upheld, he left Berlin.
In his absence, the judgement was overturned.
Schopenhauer believed that the seamstress was feigning her injuries and that she would be sly enough to do so for the remainder of her life.
The only visible signs of the assault were a few minor bruises. We forfeit three-fourths of ourselves in order to be like other people.
Now the absurdities of a dogma are just the mark and sign of what is allegorical and mythical in it. In the case under consideration, however, the absurdities spring from the fact that two such heterogeneous doctrines as those of the Old and New Testaments had to be combined.
The great allegory was of gradual growth. Suggested by external and adventitious circumstances, it was developed by the interpretation put upon them, an interpretation in quiet touch with certain deep-lying truths only half realised.
The allegory was finally completed by Augustinewho penetrated deepest into its meaning, and so was able to conceive it as a systematic whole and supply its defects.
Nay, what is worse, the day arrives when they are no longer true sensu proprio, and then there is an end of them; so that, in that respect, it would be better to admit their allegorical nature at once.
But the difficulty is to teach the multitude that something can be both true and untrue at the same time. Since all religions are in a greater or less degree of this nature, we must recognise the fact that mankind cannot get on without a certain amount of absurdity, that absurdity is an element in its existence, and illusion indispensable; as indeed other aspects of life testify.
Unverified attribution noted in Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotationsed. Suzy Platt, Library of Congress, p.
Nothing endures but change. The World as Will and Representation ; ; [ edit ] Quotations from translations of Welt als Wille und Vorstellung first edition published inthe second inthe third in ; certain quotes appear only in specific editions — Also translated as The World as Will and Idea — Full translation online at Wikisource The philosophy of Kant, then, is the only philosophy with which a thorough acquaintance is directly presupposed in what we have to say here.
But if, besides this, the reader has lingered in the school of the divine Plato, he will be so much the better prepared to hear me, and susceptible to what I say.Animals Used for Entertainment. Animals aren’t actors, spectacles to imprison and gawk at, or circus clowns.
Yet thousands of these animals are forced to perform silly, confusing tricks under the threat of physical punishment; are carted across the country in cramped and stuffy boxcars or semi-truck trailers; are kept chained or caged in barren, boring, . Seeing animals held captive for human amusement was a part of our lives and we have never questioned that.
But is such an approach justified? But is such an approach justified? It is the fact that animals have been and will continue to be used in entertainment often to the detriment of their life and health. Human activities.
But from the middle of the 18th century until the end of the 19th, there was a gradual transition to a Heaven centred on human activities. ~I+ ON SAVING TIME. Greetings from Seneca to his friend Lucilius.
CONTINUE to act thus, my dear Lucilius - set yourself free for your own sake; gather and save your time, which till lately has been forced from you, or filched away, or has merely slipped from your hands. THE DIALOGUES OF LUCIUS ANNAEUS SENECA BOOK I TO LUCILIUS ON PROVIDENCE+.
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