A comparison between Shackleton and Frankl

A comparison between Shackleton and Frankl

Alfred Lansing's book Endurance Shackleton's Incredible Voyage [635 Days in the Ice: Shackleton's Expedition] is by far one of the best books I have read in recent years. Not only the subject matter but also the way it is written is incredibly authentic. In order to roughly summarize the story but not to anticipate too much, I will not go into details....

Alan Watts, Schopenhauer and the universe that experiences itself
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Alan Watts, Schopenhauer and the universe that experiences itself

Alan Watts is known for his interpretation and integration of Eastern philosophies into Western thought. A good example of this is the following view, which is strongly influenced by Eastern thought, particularly Buddhism, and, interestingly, has certain similarities with Schopenhauer's philosophy despite the different contexts and conclusions. "Through our eyes, the universe is perceiving itself. Through...

Schopenhauer and Kant: Consciousness and Being

Schopenhauer and Kant: Consciousness and Being

Philosophical discourse on the nature of reality, consciousness and being has long been a complex and nuanced field. Two prominent figures in this field, Arthur Schopenhauer and Immanuel Kant, offer profound insights that are both in agreement, or at least convergent, and different in interesting ways. At the center of their philosophies is the...

Descartes on mechanicism
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Descartes on mechanicism

By redefining thinking about the nature of the universe, Descartes revolutionized not only the world of philosophy, but the entire world. Previously, Aristotelian physics had been the dominant worldview of the Western world, which, simply summarized, presupposed a universe full of purposes and inherent qualities. Everything had a fixed purpose that it followed or goals after...

About Kant's Copernican Revolution: Everything you need to know
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About Kant's Copernican Revolution: Everything you need to know

The Copernican revolution in philosophy, which Kant said he initiated, is indeed a significant turning point in the history of human thought. It is based on the realization that our understanding of the world is not exclusively shaped by the world itself, but also by the way we perceive it...

Spinoza explains: How to overcome the impossible
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Spinoza explains: How to overcome the impossible

As we have already learned in other articles, Baruch de Spinoza was a rationalist. It is therefore all the less surprising that he approaches the world in a very modest and frugal style. In a very beautiful quote, he explains why we cannot succeed in some things. "As long as a person imagines that he cannot do something...