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Philosophy. Viktor Frankl’s ‘Man’s Search for Meaning’, Plato’s Theory of Forms.
Pages 12 (3012 words)
There are some instances in life that are so horrible and terrible that they defy logic, and that logic cannot cope with them. Yet, when all is said and done, we use logic to understand basically everything, and especially to analyze arguments made in the cold light of day.
Yes, we sometimes understand an emotional resposne to something, but this does not mean that we excuse it: we rely on logic to examine whether or not it is true, even if we know that there is an emotion behind it. With this in mind, one can evaluate Viktor Frankl’s most famous quote: “there are two races of men in this world, but only these two – the “race” of descent men, and the “race” of indecent men. Both are found everywhere, they penetrate into all groups of society. No group consists entirely of decent or indecent people,” (Frankl 43). This quotation comes from Viktor Frankl’s seminal book ‘Man’s Search for Meaning’ was written in 1946 and draws on his experiences in four different concentration camps but particularly during his time in Auschwitz, that great factory of mass murder where over 1.5 million Jews and other political prisoners were exterminated. Frankl had to suffer several of his family’s deaths including his pregnant wife while he had to continue labouring and blocking out the suffering from his mind. Frankl’s encounters with the terrible and almost unreal experiences in the concentration camps truly prove to be harrwoing reading. ...
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