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 / 7. Limitations of 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
We can be unaware that we are bored
We are bored because everything comes to us fully encoded, and we want personal meaning
The profoundest boredom is boredom with boredom
Boredom is so radical that suicide could not overcome it; only never having existed would do it
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The concept of 'alienation' seems no longer applicable