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The Deified Self

James McFarlane

Author James McFarlane takes the reader through some fascinating though challenging philosophical discourse in his development of the notion of The Deified Self.

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ISBN : 978-1-84897-808-9
Published : 30/03/2017
Pages : 182
Size : 205x140mm
Imprint : Olympia Publishers


James McFarlane

James McFarlane is of Scottish descent and comes from a Catholic and working-class background. Educated at a secondary modern school, he spent most of his formative years as a wastrel before attending a skill course and ending his working life as a qualified electrician.
He is a philosopher, and a philosopher of a specific obsessive type. He is, like all original thinks, a very odd fellow. And so, no conventional marriage, and so, no conventional children.

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Author James McFarlane takes the reader through some fascinating though challenging philosophical discourse in his development of the notion of The Deified Self. Declaring himself as essentially a Platonist, he explores concepts of morality, aesthetics and sentiment, citing the thinking of a number of philosophers, principally Plato himself, Descartes, Hume, Kant, Kierkegaard and Wittgenstein. He believes that human powers in the widest sense (influence, knowledge, wealth, physical strength, weaponry etc.) are corrupting, and are so without limit. In this respect the author admires Diogenes the Greek Cynic philosopher, whom he calls 'the king of holy fools', as a great exemplar of asceticism and worldly renunciation. The Deified Self which gradually emerges is an almost demonic entity, supremely flawed and supremely arrogant. McFarlane finally defines The Supreme Being, The Good (in the Platonic sense), and The Deified Self in the same terms and suggests they might be one and the same thing.

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