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Reply Tue 4 May, 2010 06:07 pm
I've recently been getting into philosophy, at least a lot more in depth than usual. It wasn't (and still isn't) my strongest point. I'm more comfortable with politics and history myself, but I am finding that philosophy is quite tantalizing and that I want to participate very much in the development of philosophy.

Let me introduce myself. I maybe a bit of a controversial character here, but I hope that doesnt ruin people's opinion of me and I intend to have meaningful and positive discussion here (so I wont push my politics on you, don't worry Wink ) I am, and have been, a Marxist for most of my life and I am quite passionate about it. I follow in the Trotskyist tradition (although personally I prefer the term Marxist-Bolshevik to describe my politics since 'Trotskyist' can seem pejorative.) I am a member of a communist party, called Socialist Action (affiliated with the Fourth International) and am quite active both online and in real life. So it is a given that I love dialectical materialism, historical materialism, Marxist philosophy, etc.

But I am also an existentialist. I am not your typical existentialist though, and this might be a point of contention with any other existentialists out there. I am trying to (as many have tried before) to reconcile Marxism and Existentialism. From what I can see, they are not only very compatible, but I believe that Marxism requires an existential outlook on the individual, and my Marxism is what has lead me to existentialism. But I think I'm an unorthodox existentialism because 1. none of the classic existentialists seem to 'do it for me' and 2. I think existentialism needs to embrace a weak-determinist viewpoint on free will (shocking I know) but I am willing to explain my basis if anyone is interested. That is my main point of interest in philosophy: reconciling Marxism and Existentialism better than Sartre did (personally, I think he could have done a better job than he did)

But I'm not just a robotic philosopher-commie. I'm a big time metalhead as well, as well as a bit of a wanna be blue-collar type ( funky hybrid of redneck and metalhead Laughing) Anyway, just wanted to give a shout out Smile
 
Bill Maxwell
 
Reply Tue 4 May, 2010 07:02 pm
@Necron99,
Welcome. I'm new to this forum also. Reading what you've put was interesting and is the most intellectual thing I have read on this site so far. Hopefully I'll get to discuss things with you in the future. Smile

I've always been very much interested in politics and political theory but I'm afraid I know almost nothing. Personally, I'm into Ethics. Particularly Utilitarian theories. I also enjoy Epistemology and thoroughly enjoy the work of the British Empiricists Locke, Berkeley, and Hume.

Have you any interest in these areas?
 
jgweed
 
Reply Tue 4 May, 2010 07:41 pm
@Necron99,
A very warm welcome to Philforum to you both. I agree that Sartre bungled his attempt to reconcile existentialism with Marxism, but I am not sure that was entirely his fault.
Regards,
John
 
Fido
 
Reply Tue 4 May, 2010 07:59 pm
@Necron99,
Necron99;160168 wrote:
I've recently been getting into philosophy, at least a lot more in depth than usual. It wasn't (and still isn't) my strongest point. I'm more comfortable with politics and history myself, but I am finding that philosophy is quite tantalizing and that I want to participate very much in the development of philosophy.

Let me introduce myself. I maybe a bit of a controversial character here, but I hope that doesnt ruin people's opinion of me and I intend to have meaningful and positive discussion here (so I wont push my politics on you, don't worry Wink ) I am, and have been, a Marxist for most of my life and I am quite passionate about it. I follow in the Trotskyist tradition (although personally I prefer the term Marxist-Bolshevik to describe my politics since 'Trotskyist' can seem pejorative.) I am a member of a communist party, called Socialist Action (affiliated with the Fourth International) and am quite active both online and in real life. So it is a given that I love dialectical materialism, historical materialism, Marxist philosophy, etc.

But I am also an existentialist. I am not your typical existentialist though, and this might be a point of contention with any other existentialists out there. I am trying to (as many have tried before) to reconcile Marxism and Existentialism. From what I can see, they are not only very compatible, but I believe that Marxism requires an existential outlook on the individual, and my Marxism is what has lead me to existentialism. But I think I'm an unorthodox existentialism because 1. none of the classic existentialists seem to 'do it for me' and 2. I think existentialism needs to embrace a weak-determinist viewpoint on free will (shocking I know) but I am willing to explain my basis if anyone is interested. That is my main point of interest in philosophy: reconciling Marxism and Existentialism better than Sartre did (personally, I think he could have done a better job than he did)

But I'm not just a robotic philosopher-commie. I'm a big time metalhead as well, as well as a bit of a wanna be blue-collar type ( funky hybrid of redneck and metalhead Laughing) Anyway, just wanted to give a shout out Smile

I have been a revolutionary all of my life, even when I did not know it I was working against the established order...

You know I was over by East Lansing at Mac's bar with my daughter and her friend...They had a good heavy metal show, and best of all: no smoking...But the second band up was smoking... The guitarist really knew his ****, and I had to go up and get my ear drums blowed out for a while...I told the guy after, I hate heavy metal, but you were great...

Don't bather with Marxism... I have read Das Capital, and a whole lot of other marx and Lenin... Was with the slp folks for a while, and hanger onner... But communism has such a bad rap, mostly unjustified, but understandable that any more time and effort thrown down that rat hole is a waste of life...

It is a form... Marx came close to saying it in capital: Capital is a relation... Actually, every economy, every government, all social forms and every form is a form of relationship...

The problem with idealism is that people do not fit the ideal, so those who believe in ideal should not bother because people get hurt... Instead, forms should fit people and be dynamic, and fluid, and changeable... Change is the immutable fact of life, and while forms are designed to resist change, if they can not change to fit changing needs then the form of yesterday are the enemy of today... That is where we are...
 
sometime sun
 
Reply Wed 5 May, 2010 02:45 pm
@Fido,
What is the 'usual' amount and 'depth' one should sink or rise to in philosophy?Smile

Yes a goal of mine is to 'develop' philosophy, i dont think it is complete i aim to fill in a gap or two.
Look forward to a possible colabouration?

Controversial politics aye?
Reds aren't controversial anymore, they may have been right all along.Smile

What is a typical existentialist?

You have some really bright dreams and goals.

Post some of your music in our music threads please.

You are most Welcome.
 
 

 
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