Wednesday, December 28, 2005

kierkegaard and company

These quotes are from Sophie's World, a book I just finished reading last night. I quite liked it. Except for the part of Jen's copy where it had like pages 49-80 stuck somewhere again in the 400's and skipped what amounted to a whole chapter. I left her sticky note messages throughout hehehe.

“My concern is that you do not grow up to be one of those people who take the world for granted” (16)

“The only thing we require to be good philosophers is the faculty of wonder” (10)

“Women, he asserted, have exactly the same powers of reasoning as men, provided they get the same training and are exempt from childrearing and housekeeping.In Plato’s ideal state, rulers and warriors are not allowed family life or private property.The rearing of children is considered too important to be left to the individual and should be the responsibility of the state.(Plato was the first philosopher to advocate state-organized nursery schools and full-time education.)” (92) (I saw this and put this here because I thought of Jocelyn. It's an interesting thought nonetheless)

“Aristotle’s erroneous view of the sexes was doubly harmful because it was his—rather than Plato’s—view that held sway throughout the Middle Ages.The church thus inherited a view of women that is entirely without foundation in the Bible.”(117)

“The child perceives the world as it is, without putting more into things than he experiences.” (Hume, I think) (276)

“Hume said you can never draw conclusions from is sentences to ought sentences… ‘More and more people want to travel by air.Therefore more airports ought to be built.’” (279-280)

“Human knowledge is constantly expanding and progressing.”(364)

Kierkegaard—“Sunday Christianity” (378)

“To Kierkegaard, Christianity was both so overwhelming and so irrational that it had to be an either/or.It was not good being ‘rather’ or ‘to some extent’ religious.Because either Jesus rose on Easter Day—or he did not.And if he really did rise from the dead, if he really died for our sake—then this is so overwhelming that it must permeate our entire life.”(378)

“It means I believe because it is irrational.If Christianity had appealed to our reason, and not to the other sides of us, it would not be a question of faith.”(383)

“And although it can be ‘terrible to jump into the open arms of the living God,’ as Kierkegaard put it, it is the only path to redemption.”(384)

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