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Entries Tagged as 'Susan Neiman'

The unreasoned reason

May 4th, 2012 · 9 Comments

“The urge to greet every answer with another question is one we find in children not because it’s childish but because it’s natural.  Once you begin the search for knowledge, there is no obvious place to stop.  The fact that the desire for omniscience cannot be met does not make it either foolish or pathological.  […]

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Ain’t no cure for heaven

May 3rd, 2012 · 4 Comments

“Is the desire for transcendence a matter of psychology—in which case it’s advisable to seek a good cure?  Or is the existence of that desire fundamental to any experience we could recognize as human?” – Susan Neiman, Evil in Modern Thought Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email Print

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Or you could become a political activist

May 2nd, 2012 · 9 Comments

“The wish to undo an evil that was done to you in the past is the very model of senseless obsession.  If you cannot abandon it, you will be trapped in the sterile self-defeat of rage without revenge, pain without relief.” – Susan Neiman, Evil in Modern Thought Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email […]

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The justification of consolation

May 1st, 2012 · No Comments

“The difference between invoking collective good as a way of consoling us for individual suffering and invoking it as a way of justifying individual suffering is so fine that it is routinely ignored in political practice.” – Susan Neiman, Evil in Modern Thought (emphasis in original) Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email Print

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Dig deep enough, you might find it

April 30th, 2012 · 2 Comments

“To think that suffering can be redeemed by the demonstration that it’s necessary for future good is not only to be instrumentalist; it shows you know nothing about pain.  Time itself does not heal; it only buries.” — Susan Neiman, Evil in Modern Thought Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email Print

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Careful, you’re gonna wear that thing out

April 28th, 2012 · 4 Comments

“Does experience really show that pleasure becomes insipid if it lasts long—or is this just the sort of thing we say for comfort because it usually doesn’t?” – Susan Neiman, Evil in Modern Thought Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email Print

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Is that the rock or the hard place?

April 27th, 2012 · 10 Comments

“Being human means to strive to realize a world so perfect that its realization would undo us.” – Susan Neiman, Evil in Modern Thought Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email Print

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Hit ’em again! Hit ’em again! Harder! Harder!

April 26th, 2012 · 7 Comments

“As an educational tool, pain has value nothing else can replace.” – Susan Neiman, Evil in Modern Thought Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email Print

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Put that in your pipe and smoke it

April 25th, 2012 · 3 Comments

“Freedom, if it’s universal freedom, must allow for the failure of others.” – Susan Neiman, Evil in Modern Thought Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email Print

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What if I plug this into that…?

April 24th, 2012 · 1 Comment

“Recognizing one’s limits seems a form of fair trade: if we withdraw some of our claims on the world, surely those remaining will be met.  Yet the wish to determine the world can’t be coherently limited, for you cannot know which event will turn out to be not just another event, but one that will […]

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Cosmic psychopathy is probably not the solution

April 23rd, 2012 · 9 Comments

“To imagine a God who judges many of the forms of life He created to be sinful, then tortures us eternally for our brief participation in them, is hardly to imagine a solution to the problem of evil.” – Susan Neiman, Evil in Modern Thought Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email Print

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Objects of a study

April 22nd, 2012 · 4 Comments

“What if the world were created by a Being whose whole purpose was to cause us torment and illusion?  God knows it sometimes looks that way.” – Susan Neiman, Evil in Modern Thought Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email Print

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