ecaepevolhturt (el 18/05/13 a las 7:34 pm)
He said Buddhism was about "kindness" and "spirituality". Then says the "intellectual quest" of logic takes "hard work". I believe by COMPARING them is IMPLYING that logic takes more brain power to understand. It is funny in "The Liar" how he describes the main character of having a fine brian but a terrible mind; he is good with rhetoric but not at analysis. Fry even said that the key to passing his exams at Uni was memorisation. Fry lacks originality.
Charlie Cooper (el 18/05/13 a las 6:09 pm)
Surely all philosophy is logically prior, in your sense, to maxims pertaining to one's life?
theultimateshoe (el 18/05/13 a las 6:03 pm)
Many of themost successful philosophies, certainly in the western tradition, tend to do their best work at a metaphysical level (Kant is certainly an example of this). The simple and elegant 'transcendental' logic of the CPR is a much more enlightening formof philosophy because it simply elucidates principles which can be seen as logically prior to maxims that may relate to your life, and indd antecedent of the empirical conventions pacakaged into language(that is other than 'natural' language)
Oliver Davis (el 17/05/13 a las 2:07 pm)
I think you're misunderstanding what he means here. He's not passing Eastern Philosophy off as of no worth to us but more criticising the ignorance people show when talking about it; the common Western idea of Buddhism is a fat man sitting by a bonsai tree all day, and that's what the more ignorant associate philosophy as being. It's the people who have the wrong idea of what philosophy is that Fry has problem with. Don't get me wrong, I agree with you about the complexity of eastern philosophy!
ecaepevolhturt (el 16/05/13 a las 10:02 am)
(2:54) Fry is stupid and pompous here. Eastern philosophy like Taoism and Buddhism are actually very difficult to understand and to put into practice. They are about self-control and balance. Then again Fry has been sucidal and a user of cocaine; not exactly the personification of these "Eastern" values. Fry is good with language but not good with logic; he is good at contextual analysis but not detailed analysis.
Charlie Cooper (el 08/05/13 a las 8:31 am)
Surely Kant's categorical imperative is a guide to how one should live morally? And Nietzsche's ubermenschen and free spirits are clearly guides to living. Of course, they are not philosophies in the first sense, but I find almost all major philosophers have attempted to answer ethical questions and I find them all very useful.
jimmyt3411 (el 06/05/13 a las 4:26 am)
Science IS founded on philosophy. Sir Francis Beacon was a philosopher who initially proposed such a 'method' of understanding, during the enlightenment. He was part of a school of thought known as 'modern empiricism', which emphasizes the role of the senses in understanding. Empiricism has its roots dating all the way back to antiquity, which resulted from metaphysical disputes between Plato and Aristotle.
Ethan Silver (el 05/05/13 a las 8:59 pm)
He's an Atheist, and the issue in that debate was with the church and there practices, not the metaphysical claims they make. Pretty sure he says in the debate that he'd like to come back in ten years and argue the opposite.
mlaytontaylor (el 04/05/13 a las 12:18 pm)
As usual, a comment section filled with stupid people pretending to be having a 'debate' when in fact they just want to argue. Fucking sick of YouTube
Tor-Brynleif Xiang (el 03/05/13 a las 10:37 am)
No one will probably care about this, but I would be happy if at least one did. I make philosophy videos, and hope someone of you would like it.