Is metaphysics the biggest meme of all in philosophy?
Metaphysics is a word used to discribe what someone is blindly speculating at when talking about some interconnectedness to life that isn't restricted to what's observable by material science. I don't even know what you mean by your question. "Metaphysics" as a label fits on a lot of what theoretical physicists do also. The fact is that the big bang, creation, what have you, is not causally consistent with itself as we now understand it. So when trying to answer it from the human perspective,...
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Anyone have any tips for making up a pseudonym that actually sounds like a real name?
The names that came to mind as I read your post were "John" and "Smith." One of those is already my name and together they are a shit pseudonym. Thanks for nothing!
is there any real reason to get an english degree in an american university at this point
What's the ideology where people want to go back to nature, or they believe that mankind has strayed from its "natural state" and must return there if it is to be happy? Is that called a thing?
>dad's lit friend has a photograph of Thomas Pynchon
How much would something like that be worth?
Honestly /lit/ how poor is Penguin when it comes to translations for philosophical works?
Take Plato, how poorly does Penguin treat his works?
I never read any of these but I frequently heard the translation is awful. However, I wouldn't care too much about Plato and other philosophical texts as long as the key terms aren't butchered and work in verse—like Virgil—should never be translated, it loses all its sense. Eventually find a version en vis-à-vis with both the original language and a annotated English translation.
>200-page dissertation on the normative hegemony of patriarchial structuralism due tomorrow
>can't stop browsing Tumblr
How fucked am I, /lit/?
what is a book
Post your reaction to the last book you read
>First Love by Ivan Turgenev
What do you losers think of these?
I personally cannot vouch for Kobos, but I just copped Amazon's base kindle for 49.99 as part of their Black Friday deal. If the Kobo can do what Amazon's kindle can, I would recommend it (when the kindle isn't on sale because it seems they are the same price, retail).
I love my kindle paper whatever the fuck it's called. You can get free books through torrents and project guttenber... no one can tell what you're reading... it's portable... the highlight and vocab saver are awesome too.... does my run on sentence make you buttmad?
btw does anyone have a kindle search tool for free books?
>People ask me; why are you for death penalty - because Sam Harris is still alive.
What did he mean by this?
How do I write dialogue for black characters?
My uni dissertation is going to be on the topic of villains, so I was wondering if we could get a discussion of villainy going? Not asking you to write it for me, but it'd be nice to have ideas to bounce around.
>What makes a great villain?
>Who is the single greatest villain in literature, in your opinion?
>Which novels/films would you recommend I check out for their villains
Whatever thoughts you have would be greatly appreciated lads
comic nerds seem to love dr doom cause he is a well written villain or some bullshit, idk never read it but you might want to check it out.
Blood Meridian has a good villain imo. The ending was meh, but throughout the rest of the story i enjoyed how The Judge was written. He always had a strong presence and everything he did held an aura of mystery around it.
For shit villains, try ASOIAF. Tywin Lannister is quite obviously modeled after whatever Chad F. Normal called GRRM fat in middle school
Hi /lit/, fa/tg/uy here. Developing a character who's basically sherlock holmes for a cthulu - style game, and having trouble picking traits. Basically I need to know what quirks/personality traits are most important to replicate in my character to be truest to him. So, if we list all of his traits, e.g. plays violin to help him think, knowledgeable in the occult, chemistry, tobacco, footprints, toxicology, manic-depressive, self-medicates with cocaine, poor social interaction, etc. and then picked 5 good traits and 5 bad traits to best represent him, what would you say they are?
After reading this I don't know what to believe anymore
The book is a criticism of mans expansion of technology in relation to natures reaction of said expansion. The characters are all metaphors for this exponentially changing human race and the creations of things such as electricity and themes of industrialism. The war with nature (bugs) provides a view into the fight nature couldn't put up in the real world. Honestly after reading it I don't know whether to continue living my life or locking up in a cabin in the woods and living off the land.