I write a blog on Fear in modern society (here it is: https://fearinphilosophy.wordpress.com/ ) and I want to explore a constructive way to harness fear. Instead of fearing people (like immigrants) and feeding discrimination, is it realistic for society to direct its fears against poverty or climate change or whatever?
I published a big article on alternative currencies today, in which I suggest (about 2/3 down the page) that Thomas Hobbes' idea that we need a central authoritarian arbitrator to keep score in society is analogous to the idea that we need a centralised oligopoly of banks to keep score of electronic money. Rousseau, by contrast, suggested that the arbitrator who keeps score could in fact be the collective General Will (an insight that later developed into democratic philosophies). I suggest that this may be a good way to think about Bitcoin. My bitcoin balance thus resembles something like the result of a popular democratic vote, rather than the ruling of a sovereign. What think thee?
Title is click-bait because we are not looking at the adorable comic strip by Bill Watterson, but the philosophers John Calvin (contemporary of Martin Luther) and Thomas Hobbes (contemporary of R Boyle, and Wm Shakespeare).
Bait & Switch: Come for the curiosity, abide for the new horizons.
Or, don't switch; here is the site for C&H comix fans.
A plausible case can be made that our two main protagonists were conceptual scions of the Renaissance, which was mainly a breakaway from the dark middle age when civilization was "asleep", but reawakened after the "Moors" reintroduced the Classical heritage via Italy and thence into print via Gutenberg's new press see Global spread of the printing press. The press sure on the world-wide breakaway was a classic case of synergy, because the Age of Discovery ushered in new knowledge, simultaneous with a means to spread it, like ink with paper and a pewter platen.keep reading on reddit ➡
I read BSS a few weeks ago and I thought about the. The book revolves around Thomas Hobbs ideas about humans. Actually, Panem is the perfect description of this. Hobbes said that Humans is naturally bad and has to be controlled by a government. This government must be a monarchy, where there is only one person that represent it (like in Panem, where the president makes all the decision). Also, he said that the peace comes when you take their rights (of the humans) and control them (with Peacekeepers and fear, like Panem) and finally Hobbes said the Man is the wolf of the man. With this in mind, we can understand the real meaning of the games. First, Snow noticed how a person that knows can kill depending on the situation, when he go to the arena and kill a tribute on self-defense. Second, when he was a Peacekeeper, he looked another perspective of the districts and noticed that the only way to be in peace is controlling the people with punishments. All of this, makes that Snow change his mind about the games. Now he thinks that the games prove that districts need the capitol to be in peace and in general, Panem needs order to be in control. It's not about a reminder for the war, it's more than that, it's the prove of the power and importance of the Capitol.
Sorry for my writing, I'm don't speak English:((
The takeaway is, you fight fraud with force and you fight force with fraud.
The amount of fraud being spewed clearly means they are TERRIFIED OF THE POWER OF RETAIL.
It also means that in order to fight immeasurable fraud you must exert IMMEASURABLE POWER.
DRS IS THE IMMEASURABLE POWER
POWER TO THE PLAYERS
Its considered a hugely influential work now, but was it like that from the start? What was so special about it?
I heard Levia is Orca's story enemy, and made the connection in my head that Orca is actually a reference to captain Ahab's obsession with Mobey Dick. However I'm not well read enough nor understand Korean to know if Levia Tanis is a reference to the literary Leviathan or just the mythical creature itself. Any body know if her story was fully explained yet in KR?
Does anyone have any recommendation of which edition of Thomas Hobbes Leviathan I should read? I wanna read it with modernized spelling and grammar to make it easier for me to get through it, english isn't my first language.