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An interesting voice

Yah, Peterson is an interesting guy. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jordan_Peterson

"Politically, Peterson has described himself as a classic British liberal,[95][18] and has stated that he is commonly mistaken to be right wing.[38] He is a philosophical pragmatist.[43] In a 2017 interview, Peterson identified as a Christian,[96] but in 2018 he did not.[97] He emphasized his conceptualization of Christianity is probably not what it is generally understood, stating that the ethical responsibility of a Christian is to imitate Christ, for him meaning "something like you need to take responsibility for the evil in the world as if you were responsible for it ... to understand that you determine the direction of the world, whether it's toward heaven or hell".[97] When asked if he believes in God, Peterson responded: "I think the proper response to that is No, but I'm afraid He might exist".[9] Writing for The Spectator, Tim Lott said Peterson draws inspiration from Jung's philosophy of religion, and holds views similar to the Christian existentialism of Søren Kierkegaard and Paul Tillich. Lott also said Peterson has respect for Taoism, as it views nature as a struggle between order and chaos, and posits that life would be meaningless without this duality.[18]

"Starting around 2000, Peterson began collecting Soviet-era paintings.[16] The walls of his house are covered with this art, which he keeps as a reminder of the relationship between totalitarian propaganda and art, because how idealistic visions can become totalitarian oppression and horror.[4][23] In 2016, Peterson became an honorary member of the extended family of Charles Joseph, a Kwakwaka'wakw artist, and was given the name Alestalagie ("Great Seeker").[16][98] Since late 2016, Peterson is on strict diet eating only meat and some vegetables, to control severe depression and an auto-immune disorder, including psoriasis and uveitis.[12][99] After he became famous in 2016, he changed his manner of speech and his style of dress to a more old-fashioned style, which he calls "prairie populism".[22][23]"

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Yes, the World needs more principled POVs. I see Peterson's work - especially these mini-presentations - here & there on the 'Net. But he seems to waffle on Christianity. & it's amusing that his public persona since 2016 is itself a construct.
 
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Yah, Peterson is an interesting guy. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jordan_Peterson

"Politically, Peterson has described himself as a classic British liberal,[95][18] and has stated that he is commonly mistaken to be right wing.[38] He is a philosophical pragmatist.[43] In a 2017 interview, Peterson identified as a Christian,[96] but in 2018 he did not.[97] He emphasized his conceptualization of Christianity is probably not what it is generally understood, stating that the ethical responsibility of a Christian is to imitate Christ, for him meaning "something like you need to take responsibility for the evil in the world as if you were responsible for it ... to understand that you determine the direction of the world, whether it's toward heaven or hell".[97] When asked if he believes in God, Peterson responded: "I think the proper response to that is No, but I'm afraid He might exist".[9] Writing for The Spectator, Tim Lott said Peterson draws inspiration from Jung's philosophy of religion, and holds views similar to the Christian existentialism of Søren Kierkegaard and Paul Tillich. Lott also said Peterson has respect for Taoism, as it views nature as a struggle between order and chaos, and posits that life would be meaningless without this duality.[18]

"Starting around 2000, Peterson began collecting Soviet-era paintings.[16] The walls of his house are covered with this art, which he keeps as a reminder of the relationship between totalitarian propaganda and art, because how idealistic visions can become totalitarian oppression and horror.[4][23] In 2016, Peterson became an honorary member of the extended family of Charles Joseph, a Kwakwaka'wakw artist, and was given the name Alestalagie ("Great Seeker").[16][98] Since late 2016, Peterson is on strict diet eating only meat and some vegetables, to control severe depression and an auto-immune disorder, including psoriasis and uveitis.[12][99] After he became famous in 2016, he changed his manner of speech and his style of dress to a more old-fashioned style, which he calls "prairie populism".[22][23]"

(My emphasis - more @ the URL)

Yes, the World needs more principled POVs. I see Peterson's work - especially these mini-presentations - here & there on the 'Net. But he seems to waffle on Christianity. & it's amusing that his public persona since 2016 is itself a construct.

Don't most people reinvent themselves at various stages in their lives?

When i heard his lecture on postmodernism and cultural Marxism he verbalized something that i couldn't put my finger on for some time. Something that i knew was off but just couldn't think through it.
 
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He's worth a closer look

Don't most people reinvent themselves at various stages in their lives?

When i heard his lecture on postmodernism and cultural Marxism he verbalized something that i couldn't put my finger on for some time. Something that i knew was off but just couldn't think through it.
Yah, that's true. However, Peterson's biggest changes (from what I see about him) came after 2016 - he became famous (a celebrity?), he's kinda back & forth on Christianity/God, he's on a strict diet to control severe depression & an auto-immune disorder, he's crafted his manner of speech & dress. That's a lot, & pretty much all @ once.

Our library doesn't have any of his work. I'll keep an eye out. He sounds interesting.
 
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Yah, that's true. However, Peterson's biggest changes (from what I see about him) came after 2016 - he became famous (a celebrity?), he's kinda back & forth on Christianity/God, he's on a strict diet to control severe depression & an auto-immune disorder, he's crafted his manner of speech & dress. That's a lot, & pretty much all @ once.

Our library doesn't have any of his work. I'll keep an eye out. He sounds interesting.
He had a great number of his lectures on YouTube and many go back years back to his maps of meaning series. Which could be referred to as his magnum opus.