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- ItemOpen AccessA Rejoinder to R. Michael Fisher's Critique: "The Love and Fear Problem: A Response to Michael Bassey Eneyo"(In Search of Fearlessness Research Institute, 2020-02-24) Eneyo, Michael B.In recent times the concept ÒfearÓ has received much academic attention from a group of researchers known as Fearism (Subba) and Fearlessness Movement (Fisher). The main purpose of this new area of research is to know insightfully the role of fear and its relationship with all living beings. This article comes as a response to an invitation from R. Michael Fisher to me, to give clarifications to some of my claims in my two books; Philosophy of Fear and Philosophy of Unity, in which I advanced my theory on fear and love among others. In these books, I maintain the opinion that, though fear and love are primary motivational concepts, love is the grand motivational word and phenomenon. Clearly, the force of love is greater than the force of fear in any decision making venture. I stated in those books that Fisher and Subba hold a somewhat contrary opinion. They argue that fear is greater. Fisher had written an article (published in 2019 International Journal of Fear Studies, 1(2)) in reaction to my view and then asked for my response. The response herein is intended to give us all an opportunity to clear the misconceptions and lacuna characterizing our ways of presenting our views and the concepts we use. It will also help us to understand each otherÕs views on love and fear more clearly and to expand our studies of fear and the new constructs introduced by different fear scholars and how they are used in different contexts.
- ItemOpen AccessNew Fear Vocabulary(In Search of Fearlessness Research Institute, 2019-09-27) Fisher, R. MichaelWhat is fear?' This common question for most everyone who is interested in fear, usually starts the conversation of meaning by searching for a definition. Typically, these days especially, the reductionism of such a definition of fear is usually to say it is an emotion or feeling, then to claim it is found in the amygdala of the brain, and further the scientific approach wants to capture and control and delimit what fear is and what fear isn’t. Such a long traditional and even current approach has always seemed to me to be far too restrictive and distortive of what is going on when humans talk about fear, imagine fear and attempt to manage fear. I and others herein, especially from the field of fearism (i.e., philosophy of fearism), have not been content with the traditional reductionistic approaches to the topic of fear. We have asked larger questions, beyond merely the scientific way of framing the problem of fear, and have found we are better off to be creative and expansive, as well as include the scientific and retractive, and to re-imagine critically the very way humans perceive, conceive and reproduce knowledge-power about fear. 'What is fear knowledge?' has been a much more important question in my own research. A new vocabulary is required to tap-in to that exploration.