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Reasonings on the Hedonist Manifesto: Ideas Incarnate!

In the coming weeks I’ll be blogging commentaries on Michel Onfray’s Hedonist Manifesto, which contains a complete summary of his intellectual legacy. Onfray is an unapologetic French hedonist and neo-Epicurean who has written dozens of books, and about whose “counter-history of philosophy” … Continue reading

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Review of Sam Harris’ Waking Up, Part V

Part IV On Gurus Harris believes that the guru-disciple relationship is not necessarily to be avoided or thrown out. Mentors can be useful, and sometimes necessary for gaining certain insights. He gives one sign of a potentially healthy guru: humility. He also prudently … Continue reading

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Review of Sam Harris’ Waking Up, Part IV

Part III Against the War on Drugs In Waking Up, Harris takes time to join the many voices that are calling for decriminalization of mind-enhancing drugs and advocates their use to experiment with altered states of mind. This, he acknowledges, … Continue reading

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Review of Sam Harris’ Waking Up, Part III

Part II On Harris’ Insight into Katastematic Pleasure Harris refuses to label abiding pleasure as such, however in his approach to happiness he does make a case for it while discussing the logic of retreating from the world. If there exists … Continue reading

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Review of Sam Harris’ Waking Up, Part II

Part I Tackling the Doctrine of Anatta That principle is the subject of this book: the feeling that we call “I” is an illusion. There is no discrete self or ego living like a Minotaur in the labyrinth of the … Continue reading

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Review of Sam Harris’ Waking Up, Part I

The following is a review of Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion, by Sam Harris. I generally consider Sam Harris to be the right kind of intellectual for our generation, even if at times I do not agree with … Continue reading

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