A Study in Existential Philosophy (Part 6)

My summer reading:  Willem Barrett’s 1959 classic, Irrational Man, A Study in Existential Philosophy. What complaint did Kierkegaard along with Nietzsche and others, levy against the intellect? In their view, intellect gobbles you up until you’re so obsessed with your ‘naval gazing’ that, like Shakespeare’s Hamlet, you’re paralyzed, unable to take action. Luckily there areContinue reading “A Study in Existential Philosophy (Part 6)”

A Study in Existential Philosophy (Part 4)

My summer reading:  Willem Barrett’s 1959 classic, Irrational Man, A Study in Existential Philosophy. As Hellenist reason takes hold of Western culture, Christianity comes on the scene, and with it, new concerns and questions. Faith vs. Reason In the first century, Saint Paul, the Apostle, asserted that the faith he preached was foolishness to theContinue reading “A Study in Existential Philosophy (Part 4)”

A Study in Existential Philosophy (Part 2)

Change that construct, and you’re well on the road to resolving ‘angst’ or that deep seated, irrefutable, insatiable anxiety from which, 20th century writers like Eliot, Forster, and Woolf and 20th century Existentialists like Heidegger were suffering.