By W. T. Jones, Robert J. Fogelin
Learning the philosophy of the 20th century is an issue of being surrounded by way of timber to such an volume that it's tough to make out the form of the woods as an entire. however, regardless of the entire range of routine and faculties into which they're divided, we will be able to nonetheless make out that philosophy in our instances has a land of harmony. within the first position, considering that philosophy by no means develops in a vacuum yet is a part of the continuing tradition, the entire numerous faculties of twentieth-century philosophy have, because it have been, a twentieth-century glance. This special glance effects from the truth that all twentieth-century philosophers, besides the fact that a lot they fluctuate philosophically, are resonating with and responding to the deep matters of the society of which they're a part—its ambivalence towards technological know-how, its preoccupation with language, its fear over awareness, and its lack of confidence...
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The author, in mentioning no. 43 of Kjebenhavnsposten, immediately barricades himselfin with the comment "this on the whole well-written article," 87 a comment that we would indeed have preferred saved until the end of the production of evidence, where it would have looked rather curious. For this much is certain, that if nothing else than what is quoted by FtXdrelandet is put forward in favor of that article's being well written, certainly not many will be tempted to vote for the description conceded this piece by FtXdrelandet: well-written.
Willibald, the existential doubter, is naturally not helped by the philosophical doubters and raises a serious question for public discussion. In the meantime, however, he is sent to the unfinished World-Historical College, where he is won over to the current philosophical views and comes to regret his question, namely, why the prytaneum's sun stands still in an eternal timelessness. Hurrison's reply at the annual general meeting is that it is the dawn of enlightenment as it throws off the final endeavors of darkness and introduces the existential golden age.
Here Ole Wadt suggests the erection of a monument to commemorate their unforgettable day, and the play ends with the erection of the monument amid enthusiastic toasts. The serious theme underlying Kierkegaard's satire is the problem of human existence and the need for an authentic philosophy of life by which to live. Like From the Papers, it is concerned with the result of trying to begin again from the beginning and from nothing, 104 but here it approaches the problem of the idea for which one can live and die from a purely humanistic basis.