Michel Onfray

Michel Onfray
Michel Onfray
  • Born: January 1, 1959
  • Nationality: French
  • Profession: Philosopher

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By aiming for paradise, we lose sight of earth. Hope of a beyond and aspiration to an afterlife engender a sense of futility in the present. If the prospect of getting taken up to paradise generates joy, it is the mindless joy of a baby picked up from his crib. Hope
Camus believed in dialogue and diplomacy, and enlisted his work as a philosopher to the need to find nonviolent solutions, whereas Sartre called for violent conflicts and justified terror. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Death is a false fear. When it is here, you won't be. When it's not, you are here. Death
For the establishment, philosophy is both an elitist and an idealist discipline: In high school, it is a compulsory subject; at university, they teach the idealist line. They are conducting a conversation with themselves.
God is a fiction invented by people so they do not have to face the reality of their condition. Religion & God
I am a sworn atheist and therefore from my point of view the Talmud or the Koran don't constitute works of political philosophy but rather writings that stand in utter contradiction to concepts like logic, freedom, feminism, secularism, brotherhood - which are my ideals. Freedom & Liberty
I believe in libertarian options because they allow an interesting management of the capital and are based on co-operation, reciprocity, contract, federation.
I discovered philosophy in my youth when I read 'wildly,' and thus I was exposed to the world of ideas.
I found it amazing people can think that art must be connected to religion. Religion may give art themes, but there would still be art without religion. Bach is not proof that art exists. Religion & God ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
I have a big problem with Islam.
If we include hedonistic philosophy in hospitals, the lives of patients suffering from cancer would be much, much better.
It's hard for me to imagine a philosopher disconnected from the world, indifferent to the cares of his country, unmoved by poverty, unemployment: I am a committed citizen.
Many militants of the secular cause look astonishingly like clergy. Worse: like caricatures of clergy.
Philosophy is best practised by people in general and not by philosophers alone. Philosophy is too often a luxury now, but in ancient Greece, carpenters, masons and beggars were the main practitioners. What I am trying to develop is a philosophical system where all the subjects can be taught.
Religion is a reassurance - in fact, that's its only purpose. Religion & God
Religion is an irrational construct. Religion & God
Religion is like magic. It is all about tricks. Religion & God
Socialists find me too far left; Trotskyites not far enough; ecologists say I am too happy eating foie gras, defending nuclear energy and GM plants; feminists find I am not enough of a woman; anarchists a petit-bourgeois who has sold out because I believe in universal suffrage.
We are fashioned not by our genes, but by our environment - by the family and socio-historic conditions in which we evolve. Families, Children & Parenting
We can no more tolerate neutrality and benevolence toward every conceivable form of discourse, including that of magical thinking, than we can lump together executioner and victim, good and evil.
We do not possess an official certificate of birth for worship of one God. But the family line is clear: the Jews invented it to endure the coherence, cohesion and existence of their small, threatened people. Religion & God ;Families, Children & Parenting
You cannot kill a breeze, a wind, a fragrance; you cannot kill a dream or an ambition.