Archive for the ‘Aldous Huxley’ Category

Science has explained nothing; the more we know the more fantastic the world becomes and the profounder the surrounding darkness

October 10, 2009

Science has explained nothing; the more we know the more fantastic the world becomes and the profounder the surrounding darkness.

Aldous Huxley

And this was before quantum mechanics and DNA were discovered…

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Revolution, ends and means

August 17, 2009

Good ends…can be achieved only by the employment of appropriate means. The end cannot justify the means, for the simple and obvious reason that the means employed determine the nature of the ends produced…A violent revolution cannot achieve anything except the inevitable results of violence, which are as old as the hills.

Aldous Huxley, Ends and Means:An Enquiry into the Nature of Ideals and into the Methods employed for their Realisation

PUBLISHED BY Chatto & Windus LONDON Oxford University Press
TORONTO
FIRST PUBLISHED 1937
FIRST ISSUED IN THIS COLLECTED
EDITION 1946

Myth of Neutrality – Aldous Huxley

January 13, 2009

“I had motives for not wanting the world to have a meaning; consequently assumed that it had
none, and was able without any difficulty to find satisfying reasons for this assumption… The
philosopher who finds no meaning in the world is not concerned exclusively with a problem in
metaphysics, he is also concerned to prove that there is no valid reason why he personally
should not do as he wants to do, or why his friends should not seize political power and
govern in the way that they find most advantageous to themselves… For myself, as, no doubt,
for most of my contemporaries, the philosophy of meaninglessness was essentially an
instrument of liberation. The liberation we desired was simultaneously liberation from a certain
political and economic system and liberation from a certain system of morality. We objected to
the morality because it interfered with our sexual freedom; we objected to the political and
economic system because it was unjust. The supporters of these systems claimed that in
some way they embodied the meaning (a Christian meaning, they insisted) of the world. There
was one admirably simple method of confuting these people and at the same time justifying
ourselves in our political and erotical revolt: we could deny that the world had any meaning
whatsoever.” (Ends and Means, pp. 270ff) Aldous Huxley