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Ereignis Center for Philosophy and the Arts

Video essays

Ereignis Center for Philosophy and the Arts publishes a series of video essays on matters relevant to current philosophy.

  • Arthur Schopenhauer and the insufficiency of modesty: After 17 years of silence Arthur Schopenhauer decided to participate in a competition to answer the question Can man's free will be proven from his self-consciousness? Schopenhauer held that our character provides a sufficient explanation of our acts. This video essay gives context to a letter written by Schopenhauer to the Royal Norwegian Academy of Science in 1839. Viewing time: 6mins

  • Badiou on salvation: Alain Badiou is one of the most important and influential philosophers of our time. In his book on Ludwig Wittgenstein he discusses how terms like salvation and redemption can become meaningful to us today. In this video essay Badiou's reading of Wittgenstein and Martin Heidegger is brought out in relation to salvation as an event that allows reality to enter into our world. Viewing time: 6mins

  • Nietzsche and the extra egalitarians: Friedrich Nietzsche's anti-democratic and anti-egalitarian position is well known. Less familiar is Malcolm Bull's re-reading of Nietzsche. This video essay discusses how to read Nietzsche in the 21st century. Viewing time: 4mins

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