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Societies choose to make Evil look sexy in order to steer our focus away from real sources of evil, which Hannah Arendt called 'banal'. These real evils are often quiet and done without evil intention - like climate change • Stoicism 🙏

Societies choose to make Evil look sexy in order to steer our focus away from real sources of evil, which Hannah Arendt called 'banal'. These real evils are often quiet and done without evil intention - like climate change • r/philosophy • u/IAI_Admin share

This is interesting, but I don't think there is a grand conspiracy in our "culture" to divert focus away. I think it is the inability of individuals to acknowledge that they themselves are capable of evil acts and are always the "good guy", and this steers the mentality of the mob.

Hence, when political movements become more extreme, people are more likely to agree with actions where the "ends justify the means".

Stoicism 🙏 r/Stoicism • u/JusticeKomish share

This is such a powerful quote!

How we perceive events is one of the most important principles of stoicism and applying this to our own lives and experiences is of incredible benefit.

I am also reminded of a Zig Zigler quote that is along these lines and helpful when examining the lives of myself and others...

"Remember that failure is an event, not a person"


TIL Seneca was fucking jacked.

An argument for the fractal nature of consciousness (with abstract in comments) • r/philosophy • u/BumpyHeadedAlien share
A Little Poster That Could Prove Useful r/Stoicism • u/ten_piesek share
Contrary to many philosophers' expectations, study finds that most people denied the existence of objective truths about most or all moral issues. • r/philosophy • u/byrd_nick share

This isn't really a surprise. People coflate descriptive morality with prescriptive morality. So they think that when you say morality you mean the former. They also think that "freedom" is inherently relativistic. So even ones who do believe in moral truths are likely to say this. Or they simply get confused about what the word objective means and think it means objectively known. You can see it play out hundreds of times on the internet daily.

If we live in a deterministic universe, free will is impossible. I've looked into compatibilism and it's either a dazzling evasion or I just don't get it. What am I missing? r/askphilosophy • u/NegativeClaim share
How to explain to someone that anecdotes don't prove their point? r/askphilosophy • u/JonasThiel share

Narratives are very convincing. Philosophy (as opposed to pure logic) is in part the practice of supplanting pure logic with logic + explanatory narrative. I would say that re-narrativising statistics is the way to go here.

You say: "statistically speaking, smoking is very dangerous. that's why i don't smoke."
Interlocutor: "yeah, but both of my grandmothers smoked and they lived into their mid-90s"

To respond, you need to do more than quote some statistics: you should make use of a similar anecdote (narrative) device to bring the point home.

"Well, of course some people do just fine smoking. But, in the US almost 500 thousand people die annually from smoking related illnesses. Of those, I'm sure lots of them had grandparents lived long lives while still smoking. It's just not a risk I want to take"

Statistics help us see the possible outcomes, anecdotes help us make possibilities tangible and personal.

Are there any philosophers who seriously defend nihilism? r/askphilosophy • u/keepcalmandchill share
Adult woman rapes 11 year old. Gets no jail time as judge claims the boy was "unusually mature". The act is never labeled rape. This is what rape culture looks like • r/Egalitarianism • u/5th_Law_of_Robotics share
What are the recent (or contemporary) philosophers that studied myths? r/AcademicPhilosophy • u/parmenidesbeing share

I know Cassirer that create the symbolic forms, but only him. In psychology we have Jung, in anthropology we have Levi Strauss, Gilbert Durand, in religion Mircea Eliade.

At the beginning of Technics and Time 1, Bernard Stiegler has a long section on the myth of Prometheus and it's relation to techne. He talks about it here if you're interested.


Hans blumenberg


French philosopher Roland Barthes in Mythologies discussed modern mythology and shows that it's not about gods and mystic creatures, but definitely is structured like classic myths


Camus talks extensively about greek myths, beliving we should reanimate them today to understand the human condition


Joseph Campbell may not be a philosopher, but he is important nonetheless when discussing myth.


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