Man is condemned to be free; because once thrown into the world, he is responsible for everything he does. Everything has been figured out, except how to live. One always dies too soon or too late. And yet, life is there, finished. The line is drawn, and it must all be added up. You are nothing other than your life. There is only one day left, always starting over. It is given to us at dawn and taken away from us at dusk. We do not know what we want and yet we are responsible for what we are, that is the fact. When you live alone you no longer know what it is to tell a story: the plausible disappears at the same time as the friends. You let events flow by too.Suddenly you see people appear who speak and then go away; you plunge into stories of which you can't make head or tail. You'd make a terrible witness. It is true that people who live in society have learned how to see themselves in mirrors as they appear to their friends. Luckily, I only have a few...

Dr Shaw is a lecturer in Further Education at Edge Hill University, Ormskirk. She also offers philosophy courses at the School of Continuing Education, Lifelong learning, at the University of Liverpool. In 2015, she has completed her Doctorate in philosophy with a focus on existentialism, the equilibrium doctrine and narrative. She has worked as a teacher of English and Comparative literature and Philosophy at The American University in Cairo, Egypt where she also obtained her BA (Hons). Dr Shaw has an MA in Philosophy and Literature from the University of East Anglia where she also taught on a number of humanities subjects. Whilst working in North Wales in Further education, she gained a PGCE aimed at teaching in FE and HE sectors. Dr Shaw moved to Liverpool in 2010 where she now resides.

Interests: Existentialism, Narrative, Comparative Literature, Feminist Thought, Public Speaking, Arab Existentialism, Philosophy of Education, Art, Music, Film and Theatre, Greek Mythology, Existential counsellor and psychotherapist.


Saturday, 13 April 2013

Tawfiq Al Hakim My Life's Work

It is shocking how people still do not know today a pioneer in literature and philosophy like Tawfiq Al Hakim. I have spent many years gathering his works and materials to support my thesis and research. My work will aim to present his philosophical writings in a new light, one that is current and suitable for reviving the philosophical narrative genre in Egypt and abroad. The research is original and will be no doubt controversial in that it will examine his doctrine and his own personal beliefs in relation to his religion, Islam. Without giving too much details of my progress and discoveries, this work will be a stepping stone which consolidates ideas from both, the East and the West. I feel it is needed at the current time and vital to clear the misunderstandings and misconceptions that are linked to him as an author. The challenge is certainly one that I am struggling with, but with every step of progress, I am more determined than ever! I am hoping to complete the work by 2014/15 at the latest.

الفيلم التسجيلي راهب الفكر توفيق الحكيم

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