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I'm having trouble understanding this line that is paraphrasing Democritus' view on ethics. Can you help me?
>Gross hedonism is therefore self-defeating because its pursuit of pleasure leads it to value the pains or needs which will lead to subsequent pleasures.
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>>13674443
trigger word is
>gross
how do you not get this?
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>>13674443
Overriding desire to maximize pleasure will lead you to seek out and tolerate short and/or long term pain in order to satisfy this goal. Like a junkie shooting up
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I really doubt that a person with an IQ over 100 can have a hard time understanding this sentence. Books are just not for you buddy.

Thoughts on stefan molyneux? Just finished everyday anarchy, bit of a slog but had some interesting points.
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>>13675343
If you're using 18th century terminology, no. Today? Yes, there is. The orthodoxy of the commanding elite is neoliberalism, which means that the Right is the actual insurgent movement in the West today.
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>>13674828
based Shaun BTFO of stefan
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BHW3Y_p2llo
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>>13675365
>The orthodoxy of the commanding elite is neoliberalism, which means that the Right is the actual insurgent movement in the West today.

The organs of state in the prime global hegemon are controlled by trade protectionists and the second biggest global player, the Communist Party of China, are not playing by any liberal playbook. If you don't have the ear of global policy makers you're not in the elite. Any pretext of "liberalism" was dropped a number of years ago.
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>>13675365
There is nothing revolutionary about the Right you are just being a brain dead reactionary. The Right today is just part of the spectacle anyway and won't get anything done, it is all a puppet show.
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>>13675403
>virgin is realistic while chad is the over-the-top douchebag
Based

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Is it even worth trying to become a writer if I am a white male?
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>>13671771
Plenty of White males are writers, you dumb self-victimizing faggot. The only people Jews hate are Iranians. They don't care if you're a snow nigger so long as you don't speak badly about Israhell. Funny how you cunts act like the Jews you vilify. You're really all the same crap **in the modern era**.
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>>13671771
Yes, if you just deliberately write for white men.
As in, you pander to the far right. They will buy every single book. You just need to talk about decadence and about how everything is fucked and so on, like, you know, what /pol/ wants to hear.
Actually it's a great market with a lot of demand and too little supply, why do you think people keep sperging over Evola and Céline ? Because there's not enough nazi writers to go around.

>>13671981
Houellebecq, Obertone, Zemmour, Soral, they all top the best seller charts consistently here.
In USA, i can think of that "clean your room" meme guy for example.
It sells extremely well, critics hate them obviously but there is a huge audience for that kind of thing.
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Depends how gay you are.
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>>13671863
How many people do you think are writing that exact thing?
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>>13671771
Yes, but you have to be a cuck

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What are your thoughts on Bukowski? I have no idea what the general opinion is of him here.

I'm not at all into poetry so I haven't read any of his poems, but I just finished going through all of his novels and I'm finding it a little difficult to adjust back to other authors' writing styles. The brusque, matter of fact prose is effective in my opinion and I'm now finding more purple prose to be tiring. The way he manipulates emotions, from something very funny to something very sad, from loving Chinaski to hating him, is not something I've seen work often. Also, I feel Post Office is by far his best novel, despite a lot of people saying it's Ham and Rye. Ham and Rye is interesting but it doesn't have the same impact as Post Office did, constant emotional whiplash.

I have a feeling he's probably looked down on here for his opinions of the "greats", that they bored him to sleep.
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>>13672460
He looks like a monkey haha
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>>13672460
I like Bukowski because it's so fun to read. I don't know what that says about me, but I don't know any other writer that gives me so many laughs.

Best novel in my opinion is the one where he talks about his childhood and adolescence. I'm audibly laughing only thinking about it.
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>>13674691
>And Bukowski isn't that kind of guy that enjoys high art
He enjoyed Celine and a lot of English translations of Chinese poetry.
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>>13672460
For me, it's Chuck Bartowski
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>>13675109
also Dostoevski and Tolstoi. According to his autobiographic novel he read an entire book every night to escape his depressive situation

Inside inside
With baptism
Sliding and cheeky
Through tight curtains
Waterworld slapping
Faster and faster
and faster
No end.
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>>13673489
I wish I knew how to grant your request
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I just got out of jail, serving 4 years for a 10 year sentence. I met my girlfriend and she immediately got pregnant but told me that she had been a prostitute, so I was having a child with a prostitute. It was a girl. So I said I wanted meet her pimp cause that’s what I wanted to do was to pimp. She wanted out but she was just going in deeper with me. OG told me everything and it was so simple. In two years I had about ten confirmed on call hoes. These women I found and fornicated with and convinced them to be hoeing than to be working some minimum wage. I was saying, I’m gonna keep fucking you, and I also want you to get fucked by other people who want to pay for it, and I’ll take care of all your expenses. Rewind. Most of these girls were young, first year of college, normal bored family jumping in my car and fucking and sucking and after a talk money, a lot of money. By baby mama wanted out, so I had my own spot in a bunch different places. Hoes came and left. Some didn’t want to hoe, but they came over to fuck like a hoe, and I paid them like a hoe. But that’s not my business. I’m a pimp. In the Big Islands is a man whose looking to spend two weeks with a beautiful girl, all expenses paid, for 10k. My hoes had Mac air laptops, balenciaga shoes, beats headphones, all that. They ran away sometimes, or their mom would come and get them. My main bitch I was really with brought her mom because she didn’t think I would let her take her stuff. I yelled like a little boy get out of my room, over and over again. I still feel like a little boy. I wear baggy clothes and like pretty young types. Making money and buying stuff.
-And where do you keep the cocaine?, the federal agent asked.
-At my grammas house
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When we first got internet I knew what to do. I stayed up until dawn watching trailers for porn videos. I never had a subscription, so they just showed you a quick overview, best of. I liked that better. I was able to go through hundreds of girls a week, watching them get into a van, get naked for money, have sex, a man ejaculating into their face, and then kicking them out on the side of the road with no money. We used to have CDs with an entire episode, it was a rare find at that age. Having internet I was masterbating all night and everday. I sat on the roof of my house around 530am. It was bright and serene. We lived next to a freeway so there was that constant racing. I felt so young, and clean. I felt holy. I soon wanted to watch more.
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Tim made rap beats and sold weed. So while he was showing me how he made his music he said that he was going to be right back, and he left the house. Meanwhile I spoke to Tim’s very beautiful young wife about how they had met. Being very fond of children myself I was glad to see their one year old daughter, who was smiling at my making a silly face, barely able to stand. She began

I met Tim at this tattoo shop he worked at. My boyfriend and I were standing by and I saw him and we just stared at each other for a long time. It was weird. He comes up to me and asks for my number and I give it to him. When Tim left my boyfriend freaks out, starts punching the car. I had been with my boyfriend since I was thirteen, we were sweethearts but alcohol and partying made us really crazy with each other. So like we are going to Las Vegas and my boyfriend sees Tim calling me, totally out of the blue. I hadn’t spoken to Tim at all and no one was expecting it. My boyfriend screamed and yelled and I basically ran out of the car and hid. When he left I called Tim and said, hey I know you don’t know me but here’s my situation I don’t know what to do. So that’s when Tim picked me up and drive me back to his moms house. I was there for three weeks. I hadn’t told anyone where I was going and I blocked my boyfriend and turned off my phone except to tell my mom I was ok. That’s when I got pregnant.
-Wow I said.
Yeah, and it’s sad now because my grandma is dying and my exboyfriends grandma is also. And we both knew each other’s grandmas so we visited each together. (Wipes tears from her eyes)
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I slid the onion into Shreks pulsating anus. He screamed....
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Donkey

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How did a drunk rednick hick write better than anyone else has ever on the planet (except maybe Shakespeare)
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bump for faulkner
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>>13671019
google dot com slash url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=http://typeofwords.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/4954_FAULKNER4.pdf&ved=2ahUKEwjQprGC3JLkAhXSVN8KHU7JBTcQFjABegQICRAB&usg=AOvVaw2bUjTx5cJPJT8LqUKiNcZ0&cshid=1566347752239

Here's how he did it
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So which book of his should I read?
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>>13671716
you're the type of person his books are precisely about
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>>13671019
Pretty mediocre and not that entertaining. Next.

how do I into Swedenborg? What are the best secondary introductory texts? Which of his writings should I read? Any quick rundowns on his worldview? Good encyclopedia entries on his thought (inb4 links to wikipedia)?
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>>13674648
Scribe of Heaven: Swedenborg's Life, Work, and Impact
There's encyclopedia entries of him on the Brill Dictionary of Gnosis & Western Esotericism (you need academic access for that tho)
Secrets of Heaven is his most important text, I think
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>>13674997
>(you need academic access for that tho)
does scihub work for that?
>>13674970
why do you say that? and before explaining why do you subscribe to some kind of naturalist/materialist worldview?
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only time I ever read about him was reading Sosekis Kokoro.
why should I care about a enlightenment era theologists?
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>>13675409
he was a mystic moreso than a theologian, and he seems to have had a lot of influence in a low-key sort of way on intellectuals that came after him
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>>13674648
https://emersoncentral.com/texts/representative-men/swedenborg-the-mystic/

Has anyone here read it?
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no
i don't want to wake up and hate zionists and jews like I dis years ago. i'm free from this hate now
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>>13675032
*did years ago
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>>13673168
Never heard of it before. Not even the author. Either it is so good it gets the Ron Paul treatment or it's asslicking the jews and the title is clickbait.

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can someone pls give me a link of the tales of phantasia light novels in japanese?
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If nyaa doesn't have it, then I can't help you with that.
日本人 are not very fond of piracy, as you should know.
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the djt itazuraneko site might have it, I dunno

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Trying to find one that has as little (((British))) influence as possible.
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>>13666711
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>>13673415
Thanks.
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>>13673415
>Kaufmann
Jews and the Eternal Anglo are no different from one another.
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>>13666711
>Desperately fight to be free of England
>Immediately legalize abortion, import millions of shitskin Muslims into your country, and stop having babies so that you go extinct

There is a certain delicious irony to watching Europe get BLACKED. Every time I turn on the news and see another Swedish 10 year old girl raped and tortured to death, I can say "Thank God, if she had grown up, she probably would've been a Leftist."
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>>13666720
Is this the Libyan shipment or the war in Algeria or the black panther costumes?
>>13666738
>more successful niggers
This is a literature board. Ireland pretty much won by the 1800s so they let Russia have a good century.
>>13675397
>>Immediately legalize abortion, import millions of shitskin Muslims into your country, and stop having babies so that you go extinct
Better than the English.

OP, get a secondary school history book from Ireland. The IRA started long before the Troubles (long before the Easter Rising and statehood), and during the Troubles there were many IRAs (one of which was the official militant wing of the Sinn Fein Party, which was basically the only party at independence in the south). To understand the very long history of feuds and splits, you're best getting a textbook.

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I think I have a modern bias in my understanding of Plato. So, ideas are the intelligibles, the things which we can think about. As a modern I could argue that this is enough to proclaim the ideas to be the things that actually are real; i'd just have to resort to solipsism. But Plato obviously didn't think along those lines. Why does he say that ideas are the real things that exist and the sensible things merely point to them? Is it a leap of faith he expects his readers to make? Or has it anything to do with the acceptable notion that ideas are the things that are fix and unchanged in time while the sensible things are ever-changing, and thus can't have a reality to them (this would come from the fact that reality can't change, so it gets quite circular).
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bump

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What is it that makes individual things members of the same kind, /lit/?
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>>13673662
>A perfect straight line is a straight line, yet it doesn't exist in our world, we cannot see it, yet we can understand it.
and what are we observing here beyond some vague piece of epistemological or psychological trivia? a perfect straight line cant exist in the realm of existence so the fact that we can understand it proves that we are capable of extrapolating false models from reality inside our heads and nothing more.
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>>13675087
the only you can reason about are what you call 'false models extrapolated from reality', they're the intelligible things. Now Plato gives them a more dignified ontological status and develops a theory of them (what with the sun-analogy, things like that), but you agree with the premise.
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>>13673559
philosopher pornography recs?
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>>13675187
they aren't things they are just psychologically generated remnants of our inability to process reality in true terms
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>>13675308
even if you were right, 'psychologically generated remnants of our inability to process reality in true terms' are things, you dimwit. But you're not right, you're not even making sense.

Are there any other nature diaries on the level of Edith Holden's The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady? I like the pleasant combination of observation, poetry, and illustration. Also, are there any largely focused on the ocean? I do not like Jacques-Yves Cousteau though.
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>>13675224
Walden is the only one that comes to mind

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Books that remind us of how worthless we are and how pointless our lives are.
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>>13672299
Saltus also wrote Anatomy of Negation.
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>>13670474
Nechayev thought that lives could be "worth" something or have a "point" only in strict relation to their value as revolutionary agents. However pessimistic, they were nihilists only in the sense that there was nothing in mainstream Russian society which corresponded (politically, ethically, aesthetically) to their interests.
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>>13671507

It is difficult to imagine a more sincerely nihilistic act than successfully hanging oneself using a pile of one's books on nihilistic pessimism as a stool.
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>>13673865
Again, he didn't write about "nihilistic" pessimism. And suicide doesn't make someone a nihilist.
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>>13670463
This is the only book I would ever consider as a recommendation. Absolutely the best introduction to pessimist philosophy with a huge re-read value.

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What is some dystopian literature?
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We need a new genre, cringetopia, in order to encapsulate the state of man in the modern West
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>>13675259
Hell, now that I think of it maybe I'll write the first cringetopian novel. Give me some plot points, guys
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>>13675259
It's called burgerpunk


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