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16 January 2013

Slavoj Zizek – A Philosopher to Sing About

Slavoj  Zizek is considered by some, to be the thinker of our age and even a philosopher to sing about. He is also considered to be a thinker of choice for the internet generation, whose commitment to old-school communism is matched only by his talent to provoke and bemuse both the right and the liberal left.

Name: Slavoj     Phonetic Pronunciation: SLAH-voy

Name: Žižek       Phonetic Pronunciation: zhee-ZHEK

Slavoj Žižek Quotation: “What unites us is that, in contrast to the…Read

12 January 2013

Consciousness

Is the basis of consciousness, purpose and thought as explained by Charles Darwin in his theory of Evolution still valid today?  Darwin's Theory of Evolution is the widely held notion that all life is related and has descended from a common ancestor: the birds and the bananas, the fishes and the flowers -- all related. Darwin's general theory presumes the development of life from non-life and stresses a purely naturalistic (undirected) "descent with modification". That is, complex creatures evolve from more simplistic ancestors naturally over time. In a nutshell, as random genetic mutations occur within an…Read

11 January 2013

How to Live

Café Philosophy Zine (CPZ) book review:  

“How to Live” by Sarah Bakewell  

Published by Vintage 2011. First published in Britain by Chatto and Windus 2010  

A popular biography of Michel de Montaigne; a writer who was the first to attempt to record a sequence of events as they felt from the inside in other words an examined life in which other people could recognise their own humanity. He wrote in the preface to his first volume of Essays "I am myself the substance of my book, and there…Read

2 January 2013

Café Philosophy Zine Now In Melbourne

If you live in Melbourne you can now obtain a copy of Café Philosophy from the Journal Café which is situated just in front of the Melbourne City Library, 253 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.  

The ambiance at the Journal cafe is extremely soothing. Maybe it's the good coffee, relaxed atmosphere, or perhaps the library-adjacent location.   

http://www.thatsmelbourne.com.au/DiningandNightlife/Cafes/LightMeals/Pages/1841.aspx?displaymode=map  

The latest issue of Café Philosophy: now at the Journal Café, 253 Flinders Lane, Melbourne.  …Read

1 January 2013

Philosopher: Fritz Nietzsche in the News

One of the latest Twitter phenomena is publishing posthumous tweets from famous personalities beyond the grave. So far, so good!  But why exactly is the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche proving to be such a hit? In addition to being one of the most powerful minds in the history of thought, Nietzsche is known in scholarly circles today as a father of the aphorism, a thought or saying packaged in a concise manner, oftentimes in a sentence or two.

“He is called a free spirit who thinks differently from what, on the basis of his origin, environment,…Read

24 December 2012

Christmas and New Year Message

From the team at Cafe Philosophy we would like to wish all readers and people everywhere a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. 

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23 December 2012

The Picture Theory of Meaning

‘Doing philosophy does not result in “philosophical propositions”, but in the clarification of propositions.  For Wittgenstein, propositions are pictures. Language is used to make these pictures. ‘The problems are solved, not by giving new information, but by arranging what we have always known. Philosophy is a battle against the bewitchment of our intelligence by means of language.’

"Wittgenstein” is a 1993 movie by the English director Derek Jarman. It is loosely based on the life story as well as the philosophical thinking of the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein.

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22 December 2012

Existence Precedes Essence

One aspect of aspiring to be a philosopher is to be true to oneself, in other words trying to live authentically. Jean Paul Sartre's slogan -- "existence precedes essence" – is central to what is most distinctive about existentialism: the idea that no general, non-formal account of what it means to be human can be given, because that meaning is decided in and through existing itself. Human existence is a self-creating process which occurs from moment to moment.  In contrast to other entities, whose essential properties are fixed by the kind of entities they are, what is…Read

20 December 2012

The Will-to-Create

Life is a relationship with the world; the individual defines himself by choosing himself through the world. Simone de Beauvoir, The Second Sex  

Consumer society, has contributed many things: it has created wellbeing, allowed people to share their opinions, destroyed the grand ideologies (a new order of things) and given people more autonomy. But this is not enough. Consumer society, which promises happiness, cannot fulfil its promise. The system of global capitalism reduces the room for manoeuvre and narrows the leeway of action, but in our culture we can do things.

Let…Read

19 December 2012

“Love is wise, hatred is foolish”

U.K. philosopher, Bertrand Russell’s message to us as the future generation in an interview given to the BBC in 1959 is this, “Love is wise, hatred is foolish”:

http://bloomsburyphilosophy.typepad.com/continuum_philosophy/2012/11/world-philosophy-day-2012.html

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18 December 2012

~ Jose Saramago said;

All the scheming and plotting in the world won't result in something lasting, transcendent. Anything that's authentic, that's real, comes in the form of a gift. Even if by accident.

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16 December 2012

2 December 2012

Stoicism

Live Like a Stoic

An interdisciplinary team of psychotherapists, philosophers and classicists are working together to find out the uses of stoicism for the modern day and you can too, by taking part in Stoic Week. http://blogs.exeter.ac.uk/stoicismtoday/

 

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17 October 2011

Launch of new Café Philosophy Website

Coinciding with the October/November 2011 release of Café Philosophy, we are very excited to launch the new CafePhilsophy.co.nz :

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This website will be a record of all published issues of Café Philosophy, as well as a vehicle for more content including an events guide, news and access to even more reviews, articles and poetry than you can find in the print magazine.

Archives

At launch, we have all issues from 2011 available online. These will continue to be available online as…Read

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