Why literature is our most important cultural tool

Literature is a tool which shapes culture, and then edifies it. It creates vicarious experiences within the reader, therefore allowing us to live the lives of others. In this way, it is also a tool which crafts us into the individuals we become. Its twofold purpose of crafting culture and individuals is a contiguous, symbiotic…… Continue reading Why literature is our most important cultural tool

Living an existential life, pt. 1

Do our lives have meaning?The idea that life is without meaning has become increasingly prominent in this modern secular world. It hasn’t merely been brought forwards by people who have rejected religion in any of its many forms, but also by the continental philosophers of the 19th and 20th centuries. The Existential movement takes the…… Continue reading Living an existential life, pt. 1

Are thought and experience philosophically compatible?

Existentialism meets the world through experience, metaphysics meets the world through the limits of experience The assertion on trial in this paper is the idea that metaphysics and existentialism are as incompatible as they are often considered to be. First, we shall define both metaphysics and existentialism. Purely for convenience, I borrow the two definitions…… Continue reading Are thought and experience philosophically compatible?

On existential freedom

To be completely free, we could simply say, is to be able to act however we wish,without any constraints blocking our ability to act and think in accordance with our volition. Taking this as ultimate, pure freedom, we must ask what exactly stops ultimate freedom from being ours. The first thing which we must accept…… Continue reading On existential freedom