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Philosophy

Erich Fromm on Sadism

Sadism is one of those aspects of humans which is quite hard to fathom in my opinion. The fact we can actually love hurting other people and enjoy it. I have made a post about cruelty in Nietzsche and Schopenhauer’s philosophy, but there are many other intellectuals who have taken the topic of sadism and […]

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Philosophy

A Critique on Optimistic Nihilism

There is this video on YouTube by the channel Kurzgesagt on optimistic nihilism[1], where the narrator explains the philosophy behind the optimistic nihilist. In short, the video explains how nothing has any intrinsic value, because in then ‘end’ nothing which we have built will exist. The French postmodern philosopher Jean-François Lyotard asked this same question […]

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Philosophy

How to Start With Philosophy

I’ve been studying philosophy for two years now and it might be daunting to start reading on the many topics or the many different writers. I am at the moment reading Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit and it’s a book I have a hard time going through. Between five and ten pages a day is about […]

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Book Reviews

The 5 Best Books I’ve Read So Far In 2021

As we’re entering the second half of this year, I wanted to take the time and reflect on the best books I’ve read so far. The range of genres is pretty great, but it mostly consists of philosophy and history as those are the subjects I am most interested in. Let’s start off with the […]

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Philosophy

On Paternalism

We have all experienced a moment when someone who was a bit older, or knew a bit more than you, told you to not do something or really do something, without giving any real explanations other than they know what is good for you. That is a form of paternalism. It’s when someone makes decisions […]

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Simone De Beauvoir and Existentialism

Simone de Beauvoir is mostly remembered as one of the greatest feminist intellectuals this world has ever seen. But she was also one of the leading French Existentialists with Sartre and Camus. Where Sartre tried to create an ontology for existentialism and gave the groundworks for an ethical theory, de Beauvoir took it upon herself […]

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What is Anarchism?

Anarchism comes from the Greek word “anarkhos” meaning “without ruler”. And that’s the way that anarchism has been seen throughout history: the movement which tries to get rid of the state. A more common term used for anarchists is the term Libertarian. This term is mostly used in politics. Anarchists don’t like big bodies of […]

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Videos

Postmodernism: An Introduction – Video

Postmodernism has been a widely used term nowadays. In this video I try to explain the core concepts of Postmodernism. I will go deeper into Postmodernism in other videos, but this would be a good starting point. I am just starting making videos like this, so if you have any feedback, I appreciate it fully. […]

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Book Reviews

Oblomow by Ivan Gontsjarov – Book Review

Ilja Iljitsj Oblomow is the laziest person you will ever meet. The only thing he does all day is sit in his bed, eat and drink. Because of his laziness, his house isn’t in order, his lackey steals from him and his so called ‘friends’ use him for his money. Oblomow is the ultimate procrastinator […]

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Discussions

Discussion of Free Will by Sam Harris

A couple of days ago, I wrote a review of Sam Harris’s book Free Will. He believes that there is no such thing as free will, that we are all determined and therefore that the future is set. We are also not morally responsible for our actions, because we just had ‘bad luck’. You were […]