Modern Political Religion and its Demons – John GRAY

As I have already indicated, early Christianity was an eschatological cult: Jesus and his first disciples believed that the world was destined for imminent destruction so that a new and perfect one could come into being. Eschatology does not always have this positive character – in some pagan traditions the end of the world is… Continue lendo Modern Political Religion and its Demons – John GRAY

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“How different really are atheists and believers?” – Costica BRADATAN

The Washington Post, November 16, 2018 Costica Bradatan is a professor of humanities at Texas Tech University. He is the author, most recently, of “Dying for Ideas: The Dangerous Lives of the Philosophers.” ‘If you want to understand atheism and religion,” writes John Gray in his new book, “Seven Types of Atheism,” “you must forget… Continue lendo “How different really are atheists and believers?” – Costica BRADATAN

“Behind Our Anxiety, the Fear of Being Unneeded” – Dalai LAMA

THE NEW YORK TIMES, November 4, 2016 In many ways, there has never been a better time to be alive. Violence plagues some corners of the world, and too many still live under the grip of tyrannical regimes. And although all the world’s major faiths teach love, compassion and tolerance, unthinkable violence is being perpetrated… Continue lendo “Behind Our Anxiety, the Fear of Being Unneeded” – Dalai LAMA

“Human Progress Is a Lie: an interview with John Gray” (Johannes Niederhauser)

VICE Magazine, Mar 28 2013 Yes, we have drones and vaccines, but that doesn't mean civilisation is progressing. Haven't we humans come such a long way? In the past 200 years alone we've managed to abolish slavery (by moving it to the sweatshops of the Third World), rid our lives of industrial pollution (by moving… Continue lendo “Human Progress Is a Lie: an interview with John Gray” (Johannes Niederhauser)

“The category of the religious in Cioran’s discourse” – Rodrigo MENEZES

ANALE SERIA DREPT, Universitatea Tibiscus, Timișoara, Romania, n° XXV, 2016, p. 49-80. Abstract: We aim at demonstrating the hermeneutic plausibility of reading Cioran as a heterodox religious thinker, a hypothesis that sits comfortably well alongside the assumption of him being a secular spirit–one with a concern for religious matters and an appeal for some ever-problematic… Continue lendo “The category of the religious in Cioran’s discourse” – Rodrigo MENEZES

“Why do anything? A meditation on procrastination” (Costica Bradatan)

"Gnostic thinking takes us to a privileged ontological realm: the state of perfection that precedes actualization. That which is yet to be born — be it the world, a person, a piece of furniture or a piece of writing like this one — may be nothing, but at this stage it is at its utmost.… Continue lendo “Why do anything? A meditation on procrastination” (Costica Bradatan)

“The Sceptic-On-Duty” – Rüdiger PUNZET

  The Hindu, 04 December 2010 Profoundly influenced by Buddhism and Hinduism, the Romanian philosopher E.M. Cioran saw life as a quest for the void The American literary critic Susan Sontag called him the French Nietzsche, John Updike dubbed him a frustrated monk, and Bernhard-Henri Lévy described him as a “Dandy of the void beside… Continue lendo “The Sceptic-On-Duty” – Rüdiger PUNZET