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April 23, 2011
"All Things Shining: Reading the Western
Classics to Find Meaning in a Secular Age"
Hubert Dreyfus and Sean Dorrance Kelly
Free Press, 2011
A duo of pro philosophers ensconced in Harvard and
Berkeley have reflected deeply and decided that
you should not reflect, but rather focus on the "Follow your
things that excite you-- which they refer to as passion"?
"whoosh" moments, which is funny twice over:
*whoosh* is the sound of a remark going over UNDERTHINK
someone's head --
But actually, they
And in response to the obvious Hitler problem don't *literally* say
(how about them Hitler youth rallies, eh? what you *should* do,
Whole lotta whooshing going on, no?), they because that would be
talk about how you can develop the skill of *moralistic*.
spotting proto-Hitlers by learning to make
coffee carefully... and I bet you think I'm SHINING_SHOULD
exaggerating, but no, seriously, folks.
This is a work that is so profoundly silly you
will probably need to read it to believe it...
They repeatedly dismiss the idea that
there's some difference between sports,
religion and politics on the level of
content and meaning: all that matters
is whether it makes you feel "whoosh!".
They appear to have decided that the
difference between MLK and Hitler has
nothing to do with stuff like the SHINING_MEANING
morality of racism and genocide.
And they claim to be arguing
*against* modern nihilism.
If you're going to write a
book this bad you should
really do it in French.
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