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It's dissertation season,... 30 posts and 0 image replies omitted. Click to view.
It's dissertation season, /lit/. If you were in your final year, >What's your subject? >What did you write about? >Why? Congratulations to anyone who's finished. Good luck to anyone who's still going.
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Isaac Asimov thread. Preferably discussion and thoughts on the Foundation saga. I've read these books about 4 or 5 times already and i love them. True works of sci-fi literature
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Can someone please give a legitimate explanation why reading amongst young people has dropped significantly over the past couple of generations?
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I come to you with my first ideas of Hegelian psychoanalytic theory. After much seeking to understand the world, I have finally reached a satisfactory conclusion. One I believe can be the only satisfactory conclusion. Consider for a moment the following problems. 1) Zeno's Paradoxes. If you split something in two, you can always split in two again. How can there be such a thing as a smallest bit? And if there is no smallest bit, how can the world be material? 2) Relativism. As the postmodernists have sufficiently demonstrated, the meaning of something depends on the context, yet this claim is a self-contradiction in that the statement made of the nature of the world does not seem to be relative. Then what is truth? The only philosopher who has ever been able to fully account for these problems is the great Hegel. Truth of the matter is that there is no matter. We are nuances of the World Spirit which in order to acknowledge itself, the way anyone would like to see oneself before they made any choices in the world (similar to our teenage years), had to within itself create limited perspective to resolve the contradiction in that God is both infinite, and all-knowing. We, humans, are this limited perspective: The World Spirit seeking to understand itself through a limited perspective. This is the reason physicists will never find a smallest bit. The things we see come from within us, and looking at them more closely, is no different from seeking new aspects of the World Spirit in order to hasten the goal of our existence, understanding, by temporal means; by this, I mean to say that to study something closely is the same as waiting to see how a certain matter will play out, for example on the world political arena. New truths are only the fluctuation of the World Spirit. Hegel's dialectics are also the only theory which are able to explain relativism, for according to his dialectical logic, nothing but the one complete truth which we seek, God, is complete. All other ideas are parts which we need to fuse to get to the whole. Along the way it is impossible to stay logical. This is the reason analytical philosophy has proven to be so futile. It is like trying to ride a horse before yet having understood the nature of a horse. The great man Hegel made one mistake though. He assumed that he was at the end of history, that by knowing the true nature of reality, he had completed the World Spirit's quest. This was mistaken. As we have learned in these last years, we certainly do not live in the most free possible society. And though we live in a society where everything exists in abundance, we are not happy.

The decline of the west

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I am going to buy this book this evening. Thoughts? What should I expect? Is it Oswald Spengler good at analyzing western history?
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Name some authors you find disgustingly pseudo-intellectual and/or extremely shallow and boring. I'll start: >Nabokov >Bukowski >Wittgenstein (to a degree)
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Are there any books like A Clockwork Orange with heavy use of an internal language or slang? I just read it and thought it made the book very entertaining.

It just...can't be done.

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Most novels tend to receive a (or more) televised adaptation(s). Alright /lit/, let us see how many novels you're willing to list down that are merely impossible due to the material in hand, etc. [Pic related, Blood Meridian]
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Hey /lit/, I was wondering if you could recommend me any good books written from the perspective of a person or being that is omnipotent or omniscient. I've always been fascinated with the concept and would very much like to read about it. Bonus points if they are gradually becoming aware of said abilities throughout the story. Some nonfiction exploring the concept outside of religious context would be cool too.
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Thoughts? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aeRFvjYyyfY
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How do you think /lit/? How does anyone think? I just realized that I don't know how to think. I always just focus on whatever it is in front of me and never really think much about whatever I read or hear. How does everyone do it? The only time thoughts are going through my head is when I'm worrying about a past or future event, otherwise I'm just looking straight at what's in front of me and don't really have anything going on aside from a song playing in my head. I'll be outside, and just realize I'm not even thinking about anything. Just starting at the grass, then the sky, then the street, etc. How do philsophers or smart people do it? I want to actually think and be able to have intelligent conversations with people, but I have trouble following stuff anyone says. Like, I don't understand what I'm supposed to say that connects with what they just said, so I just end up saying basic shit like "yeah, yup, i guess, etc.". How the fuck do I use my brain????? How do I learn to actually talk with people? And don't just say "by talking to people". I'm on the internet everyday and talk to people but I still don't know how to really contribute to any discussion. I don't really understand what I'm supposed to say 99% of the time or how I process what the other person says. Am I just a fucking retard? Will reading a lot of books and writing help me or I will just be a clueless idiot like this forever?
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>Where are the implications of philosophical knowledge in daily life? It's like asking where are the implications of theory of relativity in farming technology, AD 1215.
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So is there anything to leftism besides being a closed-minded retard with a linear progression view of history?
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>that hack is rich and popular, despite never writing anything that isn't terrible What is your excuse for not being famous and rich?
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Would you rather read 3rd person present tense? OR 3rd person past tense? Why?
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Why is diversity and multiculturalism only imposed on countries with a white majority? I don't hear South Africa complaining about how they need more white people for diversity
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What are some good novels to understand prostitutes? I find them rather interesting. I’m not in love with one btw.
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