If I am getting it right, Schopenhauer believes that we are driven by our ego. The ego is where our desire for our own pleasure and happiness comes from. It has little to do with compassion and love, both of which we are more than capable of accessing and, in doing so, inoculating ourselves from what he and Freud labeled as "the hedgehog's dilemma."
What a brilliant idea to assign a writer whose name is even more unpronounceable that the writer he is reviewing? What an
On the lengths to which we'll go to defend our great white male novelists.
The provenance of the movie, the existence of an artistic work that is created out of great pain and confusion provides the key to both the narrative and transcendence of its denouement.
The European: Later in life, you can only be a rebel with a cause if you want to be taken seriously. Beigbeder: You need
An attack on free expression has come from one of the most unlikely places.
Michel Houellebecq and Herbert Marcuse would have different agendas, but they might offer the same diagnosis about dark side of pleasure seeking.
Strange indeed, the story of Michel Houellebecq's latest novel, Soumission, which appeared just before the attack on Charlie Hebdo that left 12 people dead, like an advance echo of the terrible events that have plunged France into mourning, and scaring stiff not only the author's friends but Houellebecq himself.
Muslims are criticized for being a community, but then asked to react against terrorism as a community. This is called the double bind: be what I ask you not to be. In France, there is not a Muslim community, but a Muslim population. To admit this simple truth would already be a good antidote against the current hysteria, and the hysteria to come.
PARIS — The cover of this week’s Charlie Hebdo, the French satirical newspaper that was the target of a massacre on Wednesday