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Intersecting Philosophical Planes

Philosophical Essays

Bert Olivier

The philosophical essays collected here are predicated on the conviction that we live in a time when all-encompassing philosophical systems can no longer be seriously entertained as a true reflection of extant reality. Instead, an indefinite number of perspectives on – or discursive appropriations of – what is thought of as ‘reality’ are possible. Sometimes they diverge and sometimes they intersect in surprising ways, as these essays show. While the belief in an all-inclusive philosophical system is rejected, the author shows that every perspective displays a coherence and illuminating power of its own.
The collection is divided into two parts. The first considers philosophy, the individual and society, covering themes including the deleterious effects of capitalism on natural ecosystems, the modern conception of ‘immortality’ in Nietzsche’s thought, Lacan’s provocative interpretation of capitalist discourse, the current status of the humanities in universities, individual autonomy, the meaning of ‘identification’, global ‘terrorism’, and Plato’s philosophical self-subversion. The second part gathers together perspectives on the arts and society, with the author arguing that reflections on cinema, architecture and music never isolate these arts from social concerns, but demonstrate their interconnectedness.

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acinema 279–282, 284, 288, 295 Adorno, T.W. 11, 71, 224–225, 279 aesthetic 3, 22, 32, 95–96, 103, 114–116, 119–121, 200, 221–222, 247–248, 279, 304, 356 Alcibiades 192, 199 analyst 49, 51–52, 92, 112 Ancient Greeks 6–7, 84, 132, 138, 322, 324, 330 Andrew, J.D. 303, 306–310, 320 Antonioni, M. 278–279 architecture xiii, 6, 87–88, 142, 205–206, 208–209, 211–213, 215–217, 219–227, 230–232, 256, 281, 333, 345–352, 354–355, 357–359 Aristophanes 194–195 Aristotle 287, 291 314–315, 351–352 Arendt, H. 110, 162–164 Aronofsky, D. 307 art xiv–xv, 6–7, 34–35, 85, 87–89, 95, 97, 104, 115, 133, 136, 149, 159, 175, 195–196, 205–206, 208, 213, 215, 220–226, 232, 235, 237–239, 245–247, 250–251, 264, 278, 292, 294, 300, 322–323, 328–330, 333, 337–338, 346, 351–352, 355–356, 358 Attenborough, D. 279 aura 104, 245–246, 248, 251 autonomy xiii, 84, 88, 125–129, 130–134, 136–140, 142, 146, 148–150, 170, 172, 174–175, 179, 184, 194, 198, 248, 263, 270, 286, 314, 317, 325 axiological 31, 33–34, 36, 47, 206, 213, 346 Babel 255–257, 260–262, 264, 266, 269–270, 272, 274, 292 Bakan, J. 57, 63–65, 140–141 Bale, C. 305 Barthes, R. 242, 282, 284, 292, 295, 320 beauty 6, 115–116, 189–193, 196–200, 247–248, 341 Beck, U....

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