Month: August 2018

Nietzsche continued …

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Nietzsche / Philosophy / Uncategorized

Life experience has taught me that nothing of value comes easily. So I agree with Nietzsche on that one. He is a complex philosopher with many strands to his philosophy. In our U3A groups yesterday the majority felt their opinion of him has improved after considering Alain de Botton’s description of him and his life work. I wasn’t so sure! The three things that stood out for me were: His thorough advice on how to […]

Let’s Talk Philosophy: Friedrich Nietzsche

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Nietzsche / Philosophy / Uncategorized

Friedrich Nietzsche was born in October 1844 in Rocken, located near Leipzig in Germany. He is the subject for next week’s two discussion groups in my local U3A Group. In preparing my research I came across the following advice from Nietzsche on how to write a novel! Was he serious? I will fill you in on our discussions after the classes next Wednesday! This is how hard one should try to write a novel: The […]

Let’s Talk Philosophy: Schopenhauer

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Philosophy / Schopenhauer / Uncategorized

Arthur Schopenhauer was born in 1788 in Danzig, Germany. He was the topic of two philosophy discussion groups that met today. We have been reading a book called The Consolations of Philosophy,¬†written by Alain de Botton and published by Penguin. Group members were on the whole of the view that he was a miserable man who had nothing to offer for us in consolation of any kind. A few of us (me included) disagreed. It […]

More on Montaigne …

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Montaigne / Philosophy / Uncategorized

The two discussions on philosophy on Wednesday were very interesting and enjoyable. The quote below provoked a lot of debate. It wasn’t difficult to see that the impact of humans on nature has often been detrimental. But then nature can be fierce and destructive too. We agreed that the advances in knowledge and application of science can enable us to have a more positive impact on our environment. A lot of our discussion was about […]

Let’s Talk Philosophy: Michel de Montaigne

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Michel de Montaigne / Philosophy / Uncategorized

Tomorrow our two U3A Philosophy Groups will be exploring Montaigne. I must say it has been challenging trying to pin him down as to what he is about. A little more reading led me to see that he is a Sceptic (Skeptic) and so that explains things a little. Another interesting aspect about him is that even though he is rich and of noble birth he speaks plainly about everyday things. One can almost feel […]

Let’s Talk Philosophy: Seneca

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Philosophy / Seneca / Serenity prayer / Uncategorized / wise quotes

Today our U3A Group looked at Lucius Annaeus Seneca. He was born in 4BC and died in 65AD. He was a Roman Philosopher known for his Stoic philosophy. He was also a Statesman and Magistrate.¬† Stoics get their name from Stoa (below) where they met and discussed their ideas. The dictionary definition of Stoicism is ‘An Ancient Greek School of Philosophy which taught that it is wise to remain indifferent to changes of fortune and […]