The Absurdism of Joker

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The Absurdism of Joker

The Absurdism of Joker

SPOILER WARNING MOST OF THE MAIN PLOTS ARE DISCUSSED IN THIS ARTICLE     Back in October of this year, the UK cinemas were graced by the showing of Joker (2019). An origin story depicting the becoming of Batman’s arch nemesis the Joker. When I watched this film, it struck me as having the makings of a cult classic. The film intends to shine a sympathetic light by portraying the would be Joker as a victim of very grim and dire life circumstances. If the postmodernists would have it, there would be near infinite ways of interpreting this film especially

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Meaning, not happiness…

Meaning, not happiness…

By all accounts Albert Camus was a very happy man, he lived the high life, enjoyed outrageous parties, having a taste for fun and shared the company of many girlfriends.  He was evidently a very sophisticated man, that enjoyed all of the pleasures that life would afford him. Albert Camus spent his life searching for meaning, and being unable to find any, never gave up. The act of seeking is a virtuous act, whilst action with virtue is a good thing because it leads to the development of a better character, a fact that was not wasted upon Aristotle (a

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Existentialist view on Halloween

Existentialist view on Halloween

    Halloween, today it’s that time of year! The day of the year folkloric and pop cultural villains coalesce under this pagan commercial holiday. Dressing up on Halloween isn’t just for kids the adults do it too; but instead of knocking on doors for sweets the adults, particularly young adults, commonly dress up as their favourite characters and go to parties. NOW HOLD ON… what has dressing up on Halloween have to do with existentialism? Everything! Existentialism is all about the individual human being and how they think, feel and act in an otherwise meaningless universe. This philosophy allows

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10 Things that you can learn from Nihilism…

10 Things that you can learn from Nihilism…

Size is important! 1. Firstly that you are really small, the universe is big, other universes (should they exist,) might be even bigger, but you are just a lump of biological matter attached to a spinning lump of rock, orbiting a nondescript star. You are tiny and not that important! After all, there are billions of humans and you’re just one of them, a grain amongst a beach of sand, even more so when you add in all of the rest of the planet’s flora and fauna. Life is a beach, but it’s a really big one and you’re just

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Falling in love with the Absurd!

Falling in love with the Absurd!

Hot on the heels of my Article called ‘Happy Nihilism’ first published in the West Wales Chronicle and now on ‘The Standup Philosophers’ site I accidentally found a branch of philosophical thought called ‘Absurdism’. I admit I’d vaguely heard of it before but didn’t pay any attention to it as the whole subject of philosophy is a rather wide church. As it says in the bible ‘In my father’s house there are many mansions’ or something like that, philosophy is no different.  It’s only natural to swim through it’s vast ocean of rational thought and occasionally encounter something you haven’t

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