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Started by SueC, March 24, 2020, 11:48:24
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Quote from: undefinedI don't have much time for Sartre
Quote from: BiscuityBoyle on March 31, 2020, 23:08:41Quote from: undefinedI don't have much time for SartreI've never had much affinity for him (he's too steeped in certain philosophical traditions alien to me, his persona is pretty tedious, never cared for his prose style etc) but he's what the French call incontournable, i.e. too central a figure to ignore for someone in my line of work. And once you go beyond the famous "existentialist" texts like Being and Nothingness or Nausea, he has some pieces I found more compelling, the majority of which are collected in the fifth volume of Situations, entitled Colonialism and Neocolonialism. He was incredibly articulate and insightful in his criticism of the French colonization of Algeria; and even if he didn't apply the same critical acumen to certain other colonial situations (see his disappointing encounter with the great Edward Said), his contribution to post-colonial studies can hardly be overstated.
Quote from: undefinedIn particular, the germ of the idea that 20th century European fascism represents colonial oppression turned inward is found in his work. It has since been taken up and developed by Frantz Fanon, Aimé Césaire, Johann Chapoutot and others, but it can all be traced back to Sartre.
Quote from: word_on_a_wing on April 05, 2020, 16:50:23Yes thanks I managed to get more time for sleep. It's a bit of a see-saw at present: a few days rest, a few days of extra high stress and time demands. Apologies for the rant during my pressured and fatigued state.
QuoteFunny you mention sleep, as I am becoming acquainted with Max Richter due to his album Sleep. It was performed in entirety (>8hrs) a few years ago and a clip of it being played at the Sydney Opera House appeared on my social media feed. I had never heard of him before, and yes I have now gone into a musical rabbit hole. So much beautiful music that feels to be both heart-aching and soothing at the same time. The Blue Notebooks album is also lovely. His music feels like what I'm needing right now, in such a chaotic and concerning time.
Quote from: SueC on March 24, 2020, 11:48:24What's working for you just now?
QuoteThe coronavirus shows up all our habits, social attitudes, core beliefs, systems and societies in new and unexpected lights. It shows up our leaders, too -- we can see ever more clearly who they are: the authentic and the charlatans.