About Me


 


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Name:

Joel Webber

 

Place of Residence:

Auckland, New Zealand

 

 

Philosophical Views:

 

Absurdist (existence is fundamentally bizarre but contains unknown objective meaning)

Continentalist (philosophy should be an organic and accessible discipline)

Cosmopolitan (belief in society eventually being led by a world government)

Epicurean (limited desires and moderated pleasures may contribute to happiness)

Monist (individual behaviour can be generally explained by universal principles)

Self-Determinist (events are determined but we cause them)

Skeptic (few facts can be confirmed with 100% certainty)

Utilitarian (belief in a society constructed to maximise collective ‘happiness’)

 

Influences:

 

Diogenes, Aristotle, Epicurus, Seneca, Epictetus, Benjamin Franklin, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Immanuel Kant, Lord Byron, Arthur Schopenhauer, Ralph Waldo Emerson, John Stuart Mill, Søren Kierkegaard, Henry David Thoreau, William James, Friedrich Nietzsche, Theodore Roosevelt, William George Jordan, H.G. Wells, Aldous Huxley, Buckminster Fuller, George Orwell, Albert Camus, Alan Watts, Arthur C. Clarke, Jordan Peterson

 

Philosophical, Scientific and Societal Issues to Address:

 

    • Our distorted perception of time – Rectifying our misplaced categorisation of time into ‘work’ and ‘leisure’
    • The detriments of materialist culture – Eliminating the unhappiness caused by homogenising definitions of success, campaigning against excessive and pervasive advertising practices
    • An inefficient occupational model – Resolving the disparities between childhood dreams and the often uncompromising realities of working life
    • The Pareto problem – Creating a society where ‘success’ is shared more equally among its members
    • An outdated and simplistic education system – Introducing proper financial and sociological teaching in schools so children understand societal systems before becoming a part of them
    • A reliance on dated systems and customs  – Overturning conventions and traditions with arbitrary or illogical foundations
    • The unnecessary slaughter and mistreatment of animals – Advocating vegetarianism as a viable means of feeding the people
    • The apparent absurdity of the Universe – Finding a theory which comprehensively provides an ultimate explanation for existence

 

 


Do you have any comments or queries regarding The Philoetry Forum?

You can contact me at  J.A.Webber@hotmail.co.nz

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