Friday, December 19, 2014

José Pablo Feinmann, Philosophy Here and Now (Temporada 1-1) (Spanish-language video)

This is Chapter 1 of the first season of Argentine philosopher José Pablo Feinmann's Filosofía aquí y ahora, “T1 CAP 1: ¿Por qué hay algo y no más bien nada?” Encuentro n/d Filosofía y Praxis YouTube 02/04/2013:

This is program on a public Argenine channel whose purpose is to provide an overview of philosophy for the general public.

He begins the series and the season looking at the question, "Why is there something and not nothing?"

He poses the question as that of existentialist philosopher Martin Heidegger (1889–1976). And, like Heidegger, he puts the question in the context of the human fear of death. As he puts it, if death means that we become nothing, then we will "be nothing for a long, long time." And he draws an existentialist conclusion that "every minute is absolutely precious" and that Now has an "ontological density," a moment of Being "in which we have to participate."

He also quotes Albert Einstein's famous saying that God doesn't play dice with the universe.

And he talks about how philosophy and the great life questions it addresses also concerns itself with pre-death issues like hunger and physical want and economic inequality, perhaps most famously in that of Karl Marx (1818–1883.

But he also talks about the founding moment of modern Western philosophy with Rene Descartes' (1596–1650) famous cogito ergo sum: "I think, therefore I am." This was a starting position of radical doubt, which as Feinmann points out was a drastic departure from medieval Christian theology.

Then he brings another 20th-century existential philosopher into the picture, Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980).

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