Introducing Jordan Peterson

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An Introduction to the Basic Ideas of Jordan Peterson

Based on the article shared and recommended by Jordan Peterson himself, Why Tell the Truth: An Introduction to the Basic Ideas of Jordan B. Peterson outlines, explains, and connects the basic ideas of Jordan Peterson in seven chapters:

  1. THE PROBLEMS BEFORE US
  2. PETERSON AND THE REVIVAL OF PRAGMATISM
  3. OUR MAPS OF MEANING: MYTH, SCIENCE, AND HIERARCHY
  4. THINKING CLEARLY ABOUT RELIGION: A PRELUDE TO PETERSON’S IDEAS ABOUT GOD AND FAITH
  5. THE LIFE THAT JUSTIFIES SUFFERING
  6. CULTURAL CONTROVERSIES: POSTMODERNISM, MARXISM, AND SPEECH LAWS
  7. FINAL REMARKS

This book significantly revises, updates, and expands the original essay and includes new references in light of recently released interviews, debates, and articles. The reader will be introduced to how Jordan Peterson understands science to be based on a motivational understanding of reality; the ideas of chaos and order; his ideas concerning postmodernism, Marxism, hierarchies, religion, and more!

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Why Tell the Truth: An Introduction to the Basic Ideas of Jordan B. Peterson

An Introduction to the Basic Ideas of Jordan Peterson

Based on the article shared and recommended by Jordan B. Peterson himself, Why Tell the Truth: An Introduction to the Basic Ideas of Jordan B. Peterson outlines, explains, and connects the basic ideas of Jordan Peterson in seven chapters:

  1. THE PROBLEMS BEFORE US
  2. PETERSON AND THE REVIVAL OF PRAGMATISM
  3. OUR MAPS OF MEANING: MYTH, SCIENCE, AND HIERARCHY
  4. THINKING CLEARLY ABOUT RELIGION: A PRELUDE TO PETERSON’S IDEAS ABOUT GOD AND FAITH
  5. THE LIFE THAT JUSTIFIES SUFFERING
  6. CULTURAL CONTROVERSIES: POSTMODERNISM, MARXISM, AND SPEECH LAWS
  7. FINAL REMARKS

This book significantly revises, updates, and expands the original essay and includes new references in light of recently released interviews, debates, and articles. The reader will be introduced to how Jordan Peterson understands science to be based on a motivational understanding of reality; the ideas of chaos and order; his ideas concerning postmodernism, Marxism, hierarchies, religion, and more!

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Why Tell the Truth: An Introduction to the Basic Ideas of Jordan B. Peterson

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Based on the article shared by Jordan Peterson

Having more than 300 hours’ worth of lectures online makes Peterson’s work a mountain so large that the climb seems impossible, save only for the fervent. Why listen to a man many have already labelled a charlatan, a self-help guru, or worse, an alt-right prophet? One reason is because most have not placed his popular teaching in the context of his own work. This is an introduction to Jordan B. Peterson’s ideas for the average person.

From the Foreword:

“Peterson’s huge popular appeal can easily be chalked up to his charisma, a ‘black box’ or occult entity that names his draw without really explaining it. Here again, however, attention to his understand- ing of truth proves instructive. As Lovins demonstrates in this book, Peterson’s more pragmatic understanding of truth maintains a tight connection between thought with practice. It is from the embodied manifestation of the power of this connection in Peterson’s teaching that much of the forceful appeal of his position arises. People, accustomed to encountering ‘truth’ in anaemic and enervated forms, are startled to attention when they see someone declaring truth as something vital and powerful, as something that is profoundly integrated into and animating of the life of its bearer.

While a weak notion of truth may serve us in our partisan ideological and political squabbles, faced with the reality of suffering, it will prove insufficient to sustain us. It is not accidental that Peterson’s vision has been forged in large measure upon the brutal anvil of totalitarian political forces in the twentieth century. In facing the problem of suffering, Peterson is not merely addressing the concerns of contemporary social and political discourse that tend to revolve around the maintenance of the complacency of a shallow consumerist comfort, but is unearthing dark corners of the human soul and emphasizing the need for self-mastery if we are to become people of integrity, people who can survive and overcome the worst that life and society can throw at us. Not content with encouraging persons to be well-adjusted members of a materialistic modern society, Peterson desires to equip us to withstand the sort of radical personal and social evil witnessed in communist and fascist countries over the last hundred years of history.

It should come as no surprise that a great many people who have been seeking direction and strength to endure personal suffering have found rich spiritual sustenance in the teaching of Peterson. As an alternative to the dry morsels of bread afforded by mere ideology, words of genuine truth prove life-giving and empowering.”

About the author

Tylor S. Lovins
Tylor S. LovinsAbout the Author
After studying philosophy at Anderson University, Tylor has been working on a theory of theological language that will express the meanings of religious statements to secular people. He has found the works of Edmund Husserl, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Kenneth Burke, Jordan Peterson, and Hannah Arendt, among others, to be significant in this pursuit. You can follow or contact him at his blog CultureAndValue.com.

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Note from the author

I’ve been following Peterson for almost three years now. Unfortunately for me, I’m on the left side of the liberal scale, which means that most of my friends are progressives, and I’ve taken a lot of flak for discussing his ideas. Consequently, I have written a book to introduce his basic intellectual framework to the average person. This book is the thing I’ll point to now when my friends say he’s incoherent or just a self-help guru.

My aim with this book was to give the basic tenets of Peterson’s intellectual framework, enabling someone to just drop in on any of his lectures, interviews, etc., and to understand basically where he is coming from. I follow his ideas beginning with his pragmatic notion of truth, on to his conception of ideas and beliefs being embodied before they’re abstracted into articulated speech, then on to his functional definitions of the concept of God, then to order/chaos, and, finally, into how his political positions flow from the overall conceptual scheme outlined before.

This book is for someone wanting to understand how Peterson’s ideas fit together into a basic, coherent framework. It’s based on an essay I wrote, shared by Peterson himself, that introduces Peterson’s thought in a briefer form. So you can bet that I offer a faithful translation of his work. I hope you might give it a look and share it with others who might benefit.

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