The Rules: Leave me a comment saying, “Interview me.”I respond by asking you five personal questions so I can get to know you better. If I already know you well, expect the questions may be a little more intimate!You WILL update your journal/bloggy thing/whatever with the answers to the questions.You will include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the post.When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.
My quesitons come from Sage:
1. How do you reconcile the fact that non-thinkers seem so happy? Does their happiness in life have less value because they’re unaware of or unconcerned with strife in this world? Or are they the truly brilliant?
Oh, I didn’t realize the non-thinkers were so happy! 🙂
I do sort of follow the philosophy “the unexamined life is not worth living,” so I wouldn’t classify the non-thinkers of the world as brilliant, but I don’t think that their happiness in and of itself has less value; it might be easier to come by, perhaps, but I think that in general terms, happiness is happiness, none more valuable than another. I do worry, however, that their happiness comes at the expense of others, which might make the happiness of the unaware less ethical.
2. What do you make of de Beauvoir’s question to Sartre (to paraphrase): “If we’re all so free, then why are women so oppressed, dammit?”
I do love de Beauvoir. And Sartre, while a great philosopher and serious genius, just didn’t seem to fully get it about gender oppression. Too much of a focus on individual existential angst. While I personally adore his line, “Hell is other people,” I feel like Sartre was way too isolationist with his philosophical work, and didn’t see the full complexity of how interwoven and relational we humans are. de Beauvoir, I think, understood this in a fuller way.
3. Who’s your favourite philosopher and why?
Nietzsche. I just love the cutting nature of his brilliance. No mincing of words, but a deep understanding of human nature. I love his genealogical approach to history and philosophy. And I also love his atheism. He’s just in a class all his own.
I also, for the record, love Camus, Foucault, Butler and Derrida. I’m into existentialism and post-modernism/post-structuralism primarily. And I’m a Kantian.
4. What did you used to do in your blogging time before you started blogging?
Well, I used to watch a lot more TV. But, truth be told, I am a world-class master procrastinator, so blogging is my new method. Also, I used to talk to my best friend on the phone every night, but now she lives in another country.
5. If I came out east and we went out on a night on the town, would we be more likely to keep each other from drinking too much, or egg one another on to tequila shooters at dawn? Explain.
Yeah, I’m gonna go with tequila. Tequila is just… well… tequila is awesome. And, after all, it would be such a treat to have you come to visit, I’d definitely feel obliged to show you a good time! And there are simply so many places to drink tequila. The spot I think you’d like best closes a bit early, but lots of other spots stay open quite late and can be lots of fun. Once they close, then it’s on to the favourite all-night greasy spoon! I’d also probably drag your ass out of bed bright and early the next day for some fresh sea-side air to chase the hangover away! Ions, don’t ya know. 😉
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