Lecture 2 sept, 12 2011
VICTOR FRANKEL existential vacuum
what makes people happy? self-actualization
born in a russian orthodox family
18 he had no faith
18-28: orientatted, lying, stealing and acts of lust,drunkness, viloence, murder,
28- he had kids.he becmase a famous wiriter and succseful as a writer.
he tasted "sudcution of authorship"
consdiered his carrer a waste of time, just to make alot of money and wanted
he lived a life of writing in pain for 15 years. At 55 he began to experience an
"arrrest of life!" you feel that your life is empty. he had all the succes in the world,
but he was not happy.expereinced an existential vaccum and didnt want to do
anything, jsut stay in bed. he became paraylzed by not knowing the meaning of
life."like a diseas" is what he experienced. mild symptoms that grew like rash. also
growing anxiety. Stated "it was clear that art was an endorment and decoy of life"
he talked about everyoes art. Does art stasify the meaning of life?
He did not find the right answer to the meaning of life and the mathemtaical/
science meaning/term. He did not find it in the philosphical way and possible
Scienza = knowledge.
phisics, chm and bio = human being is a
"i want to know the meaning of my life." "it gives it no meaning and destroys every
possible meaning."its possible that we can give our lives meaning- in other words
meaning in/of life.
Does science show that our lives are meaningless? - Research science
Human life is an incompressible life. Turns away from the working class, (working
men, and peasants) regarded suicide as the greatest key... did not have anxiety
about death, instead they found the meaning of life in their religious faith.
Martin Luther- German philospher. Looked at human reason. his phrase: "irrational
knowledge" two people cannot have knowledge its cons diction eg O.j Simpson.
Rational knowledge has an engaged science.
Irrational knowledge- engaged of reason- a stress on faith
Tolstoy’s religious belief = fideism
Agnosticism = I do not know. a= not, agnostics= don’t know
Tolstoy likes to use knowledge, irrational knowledge. the only faith rise and answer
is divined anwer. onoy in faith you can find the answers. without faith there could
be no answer. one thing that is true is that many people find life meaningless.only
until their identity is transfered from themselves to their group. Just because u don’t
have the answer does not mean u do not have knowledge. We want a satisfying
answer. Take the true answer not the satisfying one. Satisfaction is a theological
answer. His routine is that he thinks it’s his faith. Many religious thinkers who
dislike lying faith. Believe science is a weak theology. There are many religious
faiths to choose one. He went into another faith and not Russian orthodox.
"The chief leaders of faith" divides them into scientist’s artist’s aristocrats and on
the other side are the peasants. Criticism is towards the peasants, he says there are
hardly one in a thousand that were non-believers, none were lazy, they were happy.
Accepted disease and sorrow without complication. Live and suffer and approach
death. A restless and simplistic, joyless death. There’s one answer to the meaning
of life.no one is capable of sympathy and empathy - only one percent cant. Tolstoy’s
solution might satisfy some people not everyone
`-Victor Frankle – Existential vacuum (feels life is empty/ meaningless)
Existential frustration (finds
The meaning of life but is frustrated in finding it, signs of incompletion)
Love / Social