Ideas of Lars Svendsen, by Theme

[Norwegian, fl. 1999, Professor at the University of Bergen, Norway.]

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1. Philosophy / B. History of Ideas / 5. Later European Thought
Modern Western culture suddenly appeared in Jena in the 1790s
1. Philosophy / F. Analytic Philosophy / 5. Against Analysis
You can't understand love in terms of 'if and only if...'
12. Knowledge Sources / B. Perception / 2. Qualities in Perception / e. Primary/secondary critique
If subjective and objective begin to merge, then so do primary and secondary qualities
18. Thought / A. Modes of Thought / 3. Emotions
Emotions have intentional objects, while a mood is objectless
23. Ethics / F. Existentialism / 4. Boredom
The profoundest boredom is boredom with boredom
We can be unaware that we are bored
Boredom is so radical that suicide could not overcome it; only never having existed would do it
We are bored because everything comes to us fully encoded, and we want personal meaning
24. Applied Ethics / C. Death Issues / 1. Death
Death appears to be more frightening the less one has lived
25. Society / B. The State / 1. Purpose of a State
We have achieved a sort of utopia, and it is boring, so that is the end of utopias
25. Society / D. Political Doctrines / 9. Communism
The concept of 'alienation' seems no longer applicable