Blog Posts - Existentialism



A LIFE WORTH LIVING: Death, Tolstoy’s Ivan Ilyich and the effects of mind-wandering

In Leo Tolstoy’s The Death of Ivan Ilyich, the main character’s mind tends to wander in both time and space. “In court he found his […] Continue reading at The Mindful Word journal of engaged living [http://www.themindfulword.org]...
by The Mindful Word on Dec 14, 2016

Bored Robots in a Mundane World

It is common perception that we live in a world driven, shaped and molded by technology. It may seem that technology has made us become more automatic, that it is interfering and influencing not only the way we live, but also the way we think, feel a...
by Arash's World on May 7, 2016

Katherine Morris on Merleau-Ponty on the Body

Maurice Merleau-Ponty was one of the most interesting of the French phenomenologists, but his reputation has been eclipsed by Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir's. In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast Katherine Morris discusses some o...
by Philosophy Bites on Mar 2, 2016

Kiarostami's Close-Up: Masterful Weaving of Fact and Fiction

When approaching a film by the internationally acclaimed Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami, I am generally very cautious. His films are known for being very, very slow (imagine a snail in slow-motion) and generally uneventful in terms of plot (watchi...
by Arash's World on Dec 13, 2015

Waiting for Godot: An Absurd Drama by Samuel Beckett

How absurd is meaningful? It’s all about waiting. The waiting is the only talked-about activity. The waiting is endless! The waiting is crucial! The waiting is commitment! There is no alternative but to wait.So here, in ‘Waiting for Godot’...
by Author's Diction on Oct 23, 2015

Two interpretations to the ending of Cassavetes' Opening Night

The following post is for those who have already seen the movie Opening Nightby John Cassavetes and are either baffled by the ending, understood it and are able to shed light on it (and offer a better interpretation than the ones proposed here) or si...
by Arash's World on Sep 5, 2015

Godwin's Theatre of Calamity

References in parentheses are cited by part and chapter. Godwin may have conceived of Things as They Are or Caleb Williams as a Tendenzroman, and the theme is certainly asserted with little room for doubt. The book’s unfortunate protagonist,...
by Poetry on the Loose on Sep 1, 2015

Happiness is: Book Review of STABLE: The Keys to Heaven on Earth

There are two things that are on my mind for most of the time: The desire to be (and become) a better person and to be happy. Both of them are often connected to what many designate as the spiritual realm. For instance, my happiness would not be mere...
by Arash's World on Aug 23, 2015

Entering the world of John Cassavetes: A Woman under the Influence

It is a shame that for a number of years I have stayed away from the work of John Cassavetes. I had encountered his name here and there, but refrained from watching any of his movies. My knowledge of him was limited to his role as a so-so actor in Ro...
by Arash's World on Aug 20, 2015

A Tale of Castrated Bull

                        Existentialism, Feminism, Marxism, Post-Colonialism and Psychoanalysis of BullHe starts from point A every morning and by the time of evening when his eyes are u...
by Author's Diction on May 24, 2015

FREE WILL: It’s existential, my dear Watson

The original quote from Sherlock Holmes of course was “It’s elementary, my dear Watson.” I use this play on words to illustrate, like it or […] Continue reading at The Mindful Word journal of engaged living [http://www.themin...
by The Mindful Word on Mar 11, 2015

Grumpy Cat’s philosophizing cousin

Found this while digging through old email today:...
by Our Daily Train on Jan 19, 2015

Does Utilitarianism Concedes Terrorism

"World is Conical" (Part ii)The whole community could be wrong in perceiving a fact. Majority cannot be the criterion for determination of Truth. Many of the notions with the advancement of civilization have changed drastically and taboos turn into f...
by Author's Diction on Jan 11, 2015

A Rosa For Me, A Rosa for You

At the beginning of September I started attending (with my brothers) an event called Catholic Tango, an 8-week series in the heart of SoHo (inspired by St. Pope John Paul II’s Theology of the Body). I had the pleasure of meeting a wonderful gir...
by That's Amore Like It on Dec 12, 2014

Albert Camus re-examined

If readers need a new translation of “The Stranger” to understand that Mersault was not a “monster” but “painfully without pretense,” they have not understood “The Stranger.” Also, Andrew Sullivan, quo...
by Our Daily Train on May 21, 2014

Existential Anesthesia

What is life, but a gameof competing illusions?Its true meaningslips our grasp.So we make a dream.Like sand castles in the sun,we build and define.To make permanent a lie.To ease the pain.
by Sentient Synergy on Jan 17, 2014

...Socialdemokratin är en existentialism, kollektivismen ett verktyg, målet är individens frihet...

"...Socialdemokratin är en existentialism, kollektivismen ett verktyg, målet är individens frihet...""...Socialdemokratin är en existentialism, kollektivismen ett verktyg, målet är individens frihet...""...Socialdemokratin är en existentialism...
by PLOINK on Sep 27, 2012

Europa (1991): The Fitting Finale to Danish Auteur Lars von Trier's Europe Trilogy

A Potpourri of Vestiges Review By Murtaza Ali Europa (1991) - By Lars von Trier Our Rating: 7.6 IMDb Ratings: 9.5 Genre: Drama | War Cast: Barbara Sukowa, Jean-Marc Barr, Udo Kier Language: English | ...
by A Potpourri of Vestiges on Jul 19, 2012

Pondering Our Existence

Since the beginning of man, there has been a need to clarify our existence and the existence of life around us. The questions of where we came from and why have been the subjects of debates, often heated, among scientists, philosophers, religious and...
by The Rising of a Queen on Jun 4, 2012

Out of History: Habit and Diversion in Contemporary Man

“The natural misfortune of our mortal and feeble condition,” Pascal says, “is so wretched that when we consider it closely, nothing can console us.”  Men escape from considering it closely by means of the two sovereign anodyn...
by The facets of life on May 12, 2012


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