(Note. I first published this piece exactly one year ago. Since the pandemic continues, I thought it worth a reprint.) Albert Camus (1913 – 1960) was a French author and philosopher who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1957. His novel The Plague has recently garnered much worldwide attention due to the pandemic of 2020. As a philosopher familiar with Camus’ thought, I’d like to highlight the book’s main philosophical themes. But first a very brief plot summary.
(This is my summary of a section of a book I often used in university classes: Thirteen Theories of Human Nature, Oxford Univ. Press. There is an outline of the material at the end of the post.) Continue reading Darwinian Theories of Human Nature
Lars Tornstam (1943 – 2016)
My post, Summary of Maslow on Self-Transcendence, elicited many thoughtful comments. One reader, Dr. Janet Hively, suggested that self-transcendence is connected with aging, writing, “people gain experience and wisdom as they grow older, reaching the age for generativity toward the end of life.” She also suggested that I look into the theory of gerotranscendence, Continue reading Tornstam on Gerotranscendence