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Bryan Magee, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche

I was a philosophy major in college, so I have a lot of experience with this subject.  I’ve been reading it since I was a freshman — over 20 years.  One can never read too, too much of this stuff, but much of what’s been written about the “greats” is really just commentary.  To quote A. N. Whitehead,

“The safest general characterization of the European philosophical tradition is that it consists of a series of footnotes to Plato.”  (Process and Reality)

The moral is, try to red the greats in the original.  Worry about commentary later.

So, what relevance do Schopenhauer and Nietzsche have for the Manosphere?  I’m not the first to pose this question and not the first to give his take.  But, as a closet pedant, I do take some issue with how some will usually take quotes out of context.  I prefer to look at the big picture.  Things make more sense that way.  And, after all, isn’t philosophy really about learning how to live?

I won’t go into Schopenhauer and Nietzsche in this post.  I’ll save that for later.  For now, let me say some things about Bryan Magee.

Magee is now an old fart, but his career has been quite eventful.  His books are usually well written (especially the one on Schopenhauer), and he is best known for a TV series he did in the 1970s that made the “greats” in philosophy more accessible to the educated layperson.  You can watch all of the programs on YouTube, but below, I’ve included the ones in Schopenhauer and Nietzsche.  The one on Nietzsche is a bit better because, IMO, Copelston is rather boring.  But, hey . . . what do you expect from a Jesuit?  The last YouTube vid is a BBC one . . . much better than the Magee one.


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