Unmarried Philosophers

(A short reflection. Not too interesting. But it is depressing that so many philosophers have not married. Makes me worry about my own prospects, a lot) Wittgenstein, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Schopenhauer, Kant, Voltaire, Hume, Adam Smith, Leibniz, Newton, Spinoza, Locke, Descartes, Bentham, Hobbes, Aquinas, Plato. Yes. None of them married. One can argue that the history … Continue reading Unmarried Philosophers

“The Eternal Silence of These Infinite Spaces Terrifies Me”

That title, from Pascal's Pensées, summarizes the modern experience. All significance seems to be drowned out in all that we know and discover. The greater our power to explore, the more efficient our technology to build, the more insignificant all these operations seem. We have lost paradise. And here, the paradise lost a second time … Continue reading “The Eternal Silence of These Infinite Spaces Terrifies Me”

The Great Dictator

Chaplin did not disappoint. The Great Dictator is profound. It would be an ordinary, though terrifically executed, political satire without the mysterious last scene, where Hynkel (i.e. Hitler)'s benign double, the Barber, gives a benign humanitarian speech? And this seen really is enigmatic. Though it seems to be a triumph of speech from its dimensions … Continue reading The Great Dictator