(This article was reprinted in the online magazine of the Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies, March 8, 2017.)
Viktor Emil Frankl M.D., PhD. (1905 – 1997) was an Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist as well as a Holocaust survivor. Frankl was the founder of logotherapy, a form of Existential Analysis, and the best-selling author of Man’s Search for Meaning, Continue reading Summary of Viktor Frankl on “Tragic Optimism”
The Australian philosophers Michael and Caldwell make a pragmatic case for optimism in, “The Consolations of Optimism.” (This relates to my last post, “Hope: A Defense.”)They argue that the optimist and pessimist may agree on the facts, but not on their attitude toward those facts Continue reading In Defense of Optimism
Berlin Wall Monument. The graffiti reflects hope and optimism.
Michaelis Michael is a senior lecturer at the University of New South Wales in Sydney Australia, and Peter Caldwell is a lecturer at the University of Technology in Sydney. In their insightful piece, “The Consolations of Optimism” (2004), they argue for adopting an attitude of optimism regarding the meaning of life. Continue reading Michael & Caldwell’s, “The Consolations of Optimism”
Berlin Wall Monument is covered with graffiti that reflects hope and optimism.
Should we be optimistic? Is optimism rationally justified? Is it practically justified? I contend that optimism is preferable to pessimism, even though it is no more justified by the facts of reality than pessimism. Continue reading Optimism