Travel down the dark desert highway, and look for meaning. It is there embedded in the lyrics of the Eagles. As one takes an introspective glimpse into one of America’s super groups, you can’t help but connect their meaning to the existentialist philosophers, Soren Kierkegaard, Friedrich Nietzsche, Martin Heidegger and Jean-Paul Sartre. This WebQuest will focus on an examination of Eagle lyrics as it relates to truth as subjective meaning that includes a drive for autonomy from “instinct of freedom” to dominance over all other wills that ultimately results in defining who we are by the choices that we make.
We do not profess that Don Henley, Glen Frey, Joe Walsh, and Tim Schmidt are on the same plane as G. W. F. Hegel and Thomas Hobbs, but debating that the only real world is the rational world, and human life in a state of nature is solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short certainly aligns with the meaning that comes through when analyzing the likes of Hotel California, Dirty Laundry, Take It Easy, New York Minute, Life in the Fast Lane, The Long Run, Take It to the Limit, and a few others that make you wonder how reality becomes a part of the interconnected system and how wisdom comes through acknowledgement.
The social history of any people, of any nation, is a musical history. People are musical creatures, and the songs they sing and poems they write concerning their lives and times bestow a powerful glimpse into a society's soul during a specific era. A song, poem or primary account written by a witness of a specific period has the ability to create a powerful visceral understanding more profound than the best historical text. Additionally, since many writers, musicians and composers seek truth, they are often considered social activists, expressing their political and social views through their medium of expression.
Students involved in this assignment will determine the extent to which the selected philosophers and their doctrines align with the lyrics of the Eagles.
Throughout the ages, philosophers have continually considered the concept of truth. What is objective versus what is subjective. Truth is often clouded through a paradigm; thus, we have been conditioned to believe via norms established by the society we have been nurtured in. Thinkers often consider truth that may transcend the senses by interpreting what we see, hear, touch, smell and taste differently, while questioning societies established norms. This can conflict with popular culture leading to ridicule and ostracism of thinking individuals. Examples might be recent events in the world and the idea of thinking versus the constraints of closed society.
It is difficult to accept what we believe to be real when we study complex topics; we are often philosophers looking beyond subjective truth in a quest for evidence and objectivity. This is particularly true when we use the Internet for our research because many people post their personal opinions or only know a sliver of the whole story. In the following Web Quest, you will use the power of teamwork and the abundant resources on the Internet to learn all about A PHILOSOPHICAL LOOK AT THE EAGLES LYRICS. Each person on your team will learn one piece of the puzzle, and then you will come together to get a better understanding of the topic.