Kierkegaard is a Danish philosopher who lived from May 5, 1813 to November 11, 1855. He is the grandfather of Existentialism, and a forerunner of psychoanalysis, because he bring together psychology, philosophy, and religion, and focuses it all on the individual. He analyses complex feelings like fear, and examines them in relation to existential and religious choices.

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Beckett’s Life. (Quoted from the Samuel Beckett Website) • Born Samuel Barclay Beckett, at Cooldrinagh house, in Foxrock, County Dublin, Ireland on 13 April, 1906, the second of two sons. Parents are middle-class Protestants. • On Monday, April 24th, 1916, the Easter Uprising breaks out in Dublin, but the conflicts take place for the most […]

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Machiavelli (1469-1527) was not as bad as his reputation suggests today. He is a smart political thinker who actually had political experience. He is a pragmatist of power, and he also has a realistic perspective on human nature: people have a strong ambition to get what they want, they are more motivated by fear than […]

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Content: Timeline of his Life 1225 Thomas Aquinas born at Roccasecca 1230 Begins studies at Montecassino 1239 Continues studies at University of Naples 1244 Joins Dominicans; family protests decision by imprisoning him for a year 1245 Released by his family, Thomas goes to Paris to study with Albert the Great 1248 Accompanies Albert to newly […]

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Robert Musil (1880-1942) is one of my favorite German writers; he has a very subtle irony and thinks like a philosopher. He is not very well known in the English-speaking world,  so here is a short description of his life and a few quotes. The Person Robert Musil Robert Musil’s character is very well described […]

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The  article about Louis Althusser quoted here from the Independent Magazine was written by Edward Fox, and published on 11 JULY 1992. The occasion was the publication of Althussers autobiography in 1991, where he tries to explain the murder of his wife. Her picture from 1957 is on the right.  I am reproducing this article […]

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