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  • Hi Mary & Peter, It is good to receive your posts out of the blue – I still get email notification of Existlist posts – but it is on an email account I don’t check very often. Yes it is a shame Yahoo and the spammers make it so difficult to hold a spontaneous yet insightful conversation. I have learned a lot and benefitted greatly from the many posts on Existlist over the...
    jjimstuart1@... Nov 21, 2013
  • Hi Mary & Peter, It is good to receive your posts out of the blue – I still get email notification of Existlist posts – but it is on an email account I don’t check very often. Yes it is a shame Yahoo and the spammers make it so difficult to hold a spontaneous yet insightful conversation. I have learned a lot and benefitted greatly from the many posts on Existlist over the...
    jjimstuart1@... Nov 21, 2013
  • h, Mary, Thank you very much for posting those two videos on the forum. I have watched them over the last day or so and they are both very stimulating and insightful. I was really keen on what David Graeber said - if only politics could be like that! What he said is very similar to what a philosopher friend of mine here in Nottingham has been arguing for. My friend has found these...
    jjimstuart1@... Oct 11, 2013
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  • Hi Mary, I'm sorry I have not posted recently. Busy with other things and also a lack of inspiration when it comes to existentialist thoughts. I also don't like the new Yahoo Groups format which seems to make it more difficult to see recent messages. and all the spam as well is another deterrent to putting pen to paper (to use an out-o f-date metaphor). I can't recall us discussing...
    jjimstuart1@... Sep 9, 2013
  • Mary, Thank you for your last two posts which, as usual, give me plenty to think about. I now realize that your use of the word `reason' follows Hegel fairly closely: It is much more that the virtue of rationality; it is the forward movement of thought (particularly speculative thought) as it accommodates what has gone before and expands it into something new. Zizek on Sartre is an...
    Jim Aug 23, 2013
  • Mary, The contrast between the French waiter and the American waiter is very helpful – thanks for that. You argue eloquently and powerfully in support of Sartre's account of freedom, and how, according to Sartre, we struggle to face up to the enormity and absolute nature of our freedom. We often adopt coping strategies which at best are forms of harmless delusion but at worst...
    Jim Aug 18, 2013
  • Michael, Have you read Kierkegaard's "Fear and Trembling"? Have you studied the Pope's life and listened or read what he has said? If the answer is "Yes" to both questions, you should be able to answer your own question. Existentialism is about asking yourself questions and answering them yourself. It is not really about taking somebody else's word on trust. Jim --- In existlist...
    Jim Aug 13, 2013
  • Mary, Thank you for your recent posts which have given me plenty to think about. The quotation from "Being and Nothingness; Being and Doing: Freedom; II. Freedom and Facticity: The Situation" is helpful in alerting us to the fact that there are many different conceptions of freedom, something which Sartre is well aware of. He emphasizes that the conception he is talking about...
    Jim Aug 11, 2013
  • Hello Mary, This is a very powerful passage and a good summary of Sartre's view. I shall continue to reflect on what he says here. Jim --- In existlist@^$1, "Mary" wrote: > > Hello Jim, > > Thank you for engaging in what seems for me an always timely topic. I prepared this rather lengthy excerpt due to its summarizing aspect and which shows how Sartre connects bad faith and freedom...
    Jim Aug 6, 2013
  • Mary, I can agree with both you and Sartre on this. However – and perhaps you would agree with me – that people do take on particular roles does help society to run smoothly. Adults need to take on different tasks and responsibilities to ensure our communal needs are met. We need those who produce food, those who sell it, we needs doctors, school teachers, builders, engineers...
    Jim Aug 4, 2013