Essay on Philosophical Works and The Meaning of Reality

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Philosophical Works and The Meaning of Reality

I would put the texts in the following order:

William James - Some Problems of Philosophy
Rene Descartes - Meditations on First Philosophy
Non-Cartesian Soums
Luckmann & Berger -- The Social Construction of Reality
George Orwell -- 1984
Hannah Arendt -- Eichmann in Jerusalem
Lem -- The Futurological Congress
Ong -- Orality & Literacy
Jean-Paul Sartre -- Nausea
Abram -- The Spells of the Sensuous

Along with a cohesiveness of thought, the order in which they are presented allows for a build, a sort of piling-on effect of knowledge, such that we could travel from the beginning and nature of existence, through the tools we use to exist, concluding the meaning (or lack)
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Following Descartes, I feel a healthy dose of Non-Cartesian Soums is decidedly in order, to break the “dead white European male” feeling of existence. We must consider that there is no single entity that defines a “self.” Every self is a single existence, with its own particular background, thoughts, beliefs, and sentiments. Establishing a far broader, cultural range of thought, we can begin then to explore humanity in general.

From this conglomeration of selves comes the concept of society, of a whole greater than the sum of its parts, an intangible system constructed through various means. In The Social Construction of Reality, the “self” is taken off of its pedestal, and the concept of identity is explored through its connection in a web of social relationships. We learn that we are not isolated “thinkers,” as Descartes would have us believe, but rather everything that we think, say, and do is a consequence of the society we live in. We could never be who we are without the environment we exist in.

Following this realization comes the grotesque picture of what happens when the self is relinquished to domination, explored in George Orwell’s 1984, which horrifically elucidates the consequences of giving over our identity to a higher system. By losing direct participation in his own existence, Orwell’s

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