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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

From John Gray to Michel de Montaigne

Today I came across the above video of British political philosopher John Gray discussing faith, progress, immortality and the human condition with Revd Dr Giles Fraser, Canon Chancellor of St Paul's Cathedral. I haven't yet read enough about him to figure him out but I do get that he doesn't believe in the idea of progress, neither the humanist nor the religious Teilhard de Chardin-ish version, and though he seems agnostic, he's anti-science as well. Some of his books ... The Immortalization Commission: Science and the Strange Quest to Cheat Death ... Black Mass: Apocalyptic Religion and the Death of Utopia (see a review of it by A, C. Grayling) ... Straw Dogs: Thoughts on Humans and Other Animals (see a review of it at OnEarth magazine).

But on to someone I like more :) .... Montaigne. There's a podcast about him at Philosophy Bites - Sarah Bakewell on Michel de Montaigne - that reminded me of a past kind of fun video on him, Montaigne on Self-Esteem - Philosophy: A Guide to Happiness .....


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, I am from Australia.

Please find a remarkable Understanding of death via this reference.

Plus essays on how our individual and collective mis-understanding of death (and our heavy taboo against ecstasy) inevitably creates our deadly politics.

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