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Re: a man amidst mankind: back again to dasein

Postby iambiguous » Sat Jul 10, 2021 6:01 pm

felix dakat wrote: I entered this thread because of your question about Heidegger and the Nazi genocide now you want to change the subject.


Shameless!!

I created this thread in order to discuss the lives that we live given the points raised in the OP:

a man amidst mankind...

That is the paradox, right? I am an individual....a man; yet, in turn, I am but one of 6,500,000,000 additional men and women that constitutes what is commonly called "mankind". So, in what sense can I, as an individual, grasp my identity as separate and distinct from mankind? How do I make intelligent distinctions between my personal, psychological "self" [the me "I" know intimately from day to day], my persona [the me "I" project -- often as a chameleon -- in conflicting interactions with others], and my historical and ethnological self as a white male who happened adventitiously to be born and raised to view reality from the perspective of a 20th century United States citizen?

How does all of this coalesce into who I think I am? And how does this description contrast with how others grasp who they think I am? Is there a way to derive an objective rendering of my true self? Can I know objectively who I am?

No, I don't think so.

Identity is ever constructed, deconstructed and reconstructed over the years by hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of variables---some of which we had/have no choice/control regarding. We really are "thrown" into a fortuitous smorgasbord of demographic factors at birth and then molded and manipulated as children into whatever configuration of "reality" suits the cultural [and political] institutions of our time.

On the other hand:

In my view, one crucial difference between people is the extent to which they become more or less self-conscious of this. Why? Because, obviously, to the extent that they do, they can attempt to deconstruct the past and then reconstruct the future into one of their own more autonomous making.

But then what does this really mean? That is the question that has always fascinated me the most. Once I become cognizant of how profoundly problematic my "self" is, what can "I" do about it? And what are the philosophical implications of acknowledging that identity is, by and large, an existential contraption that is always subject to change without notice? What can we "anchor" our identity to so as to make this prefabricated...fabricated...refabricated world seem less vertiginous? And, thus, more certain.

Is it any wonder that so many invent foundationalist anchors like Gods and Reason and Truth? Scriptures from one vantage point or another. Anything to keep from acknowledging just how contingent, precarious, uncertain and ultimately meaningless our lives really are.

Or, of course, is that just my foundation?


So, again:

Bait and switch? Come on, I am merely noting that there are any number of men and women who argue that abortion is an even more despicable genocide because far, far more human beings were/are/will be slaughtered as a result of this practice. All colors, all creeds, all ethnicities. And it is still going on today. And others feel just as passionate in regard to other conflicting goods like the right to own guns or consuming animal flesh or gender issues or the role of government or homosexuality.

Only with these conflicting goods there is a much greater likelihood of millions upon millions taking up the cause from both sides.

So, again:

Choose a conflicting good, a context and note what does make things Right in a No God world.

Note what you mean by our "shared humanity" here.


Instead, in my view, straight back up into the clouds you go:

I find nothing in his book being and time which would necessarily conflict with his German nationalism or his anti-semitism which evidently persisted when Hitler took power. I've already commented on the overlap I have observed in your concept and his Dasein. That's the limit of my interest in your project at the moment. If you're interested in Robert Wright's book you can read it for yourself.


I have my own speculations as to why.




Note to Larry:

Stay out of this please.
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Re: a man amidst mankind: back again to dasein

Postby felix dakat » Sun Jul 11, 2021 8:08 pm

iambiguous wrote:
felix dakat wrote: I entered this thread because of your question about Heidegger and the Nazi genocide now you want to change the subject.


Shameless!!


You contradict yourself at every turn. According to what arbitrary standard of morality should I be ashamed? Your moral nihilism negates them all, including your own which is a product of your unique dasein. Since every moral choice including Nazi genocide is undecidable to you, your opinion about whatever I do is already self-refuted by you.
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Re: a man amidst mankind: back again to dasein

Postby iambiguous » Sun Jul 11, 2021 9:05 pm

felix dakat wrote:
iambiguous wrote:
felix dakat wrote: I entered this thread because of your question about Heidegger and the Nazi genocide now you want to change the subject.


Shameless!!


You contradict yourself at every turn. According to what arbitrary standard of morality should I be ashamed? Your moral nihilism negates them all, including your own which is a product of your unique dasein. Since every moral choice including Nazi genocide is undecidable to you, your opinion about whatever I do is already self-refuted by you.


The sheer irony of it all!!

Again, the whole point of this thread is to explore the manner in which I suggest that my reaction to you as "shameless!" can only be subjectively rooted in dasein.

I'm not arguing that objectively -- philosophically, scientifically -- you are shameless.

And it's not a contradiction that "I" derive from this...

If I am always of the opinion that 1] my own values are rooted in dasein and 2] that there are no objective values "I" can reach, then every time I make one particular moral/political leap, I am admitting that I might have gone in the other direction...or that I might just as well have gone in the other direction. Then "I" begins to fracture and fragment to the point there is nothing able to actually keep it all together. At least not with respect to choosing sides morally and politically.

...it's ambiguity, ambivalence, uncertainty, vacillation, disquietude, self-doubt.

Precisely the sort of things that God or No God objectivists have spent years keeping at bay through one or another dogmatic moral or political or spiritual font.

Which, in my view, is why over and over and over and over again, you bend over backwards to avoid an exchange with me that focuses in on your own experiences in confronting conflicting goods given your interactions with others.

And the part where, given a set of circumstances of your own choosing, we delve deeper into why your own "sense of identity" is nothing at all like mine here:

https://www.ilovephilosophy.com/viewtop ... 1&t=176529
https://www.ilovephilosophy.com/viewtop ... 1&t=194382
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Re: a man amidst mankind: back again to dasein

Postby Ecmandu » Mon Jul 12, 2021 12:05 am

LOL!!!!!

Iambiguous, do some real philosophy for once.

Write a proof to exonerate yourself for posting on ILP given what you post here.

A.) you don’t exist
B.) there is no truth but the no truth
C.) people who disagree with you are scared of the truth (a and b have no truth value!!!)

I’ll be very impressed if you can dig yourself out of this chasm of a hole you dug for yourself.
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Re: a man amidst mankind: back again to dasein

Postby iambiguous » Mon Jul 12, 2021 3:42 am

Ecmandu wrote:LOL!!!!!

Iambiguous, do some real philosophy for once.

Write a proof to exonerate yourself for posting on ILP given what you post here.

A.) you don’t exist
B.) there is no truth but the no truth
C.) people who disagree with you are scared of the truth (a and b have no truth value!!!)

I’ll be very impressed if you can dig yourself out of this chasm of a hole you dug for yourself.


Heads up!!!

Satyr has you in his sights here: https://knowthyself.forumotion.net/t290 ... egenerates

Why don't you take your "condition" there and have a go at him. 8)
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Re: a man amidst mankind: back again to dasein

Postby iambiguous » Tue Jul 13, 2021 4:28 pm

Here we bring dasein -- identity -- down to Earth. Or, rather, as close as some "serious philosophers" are willing to take it. And [of course] far short of the "fractured and fragmented" narrative that I have lugged around "in my head" now for years.


Francis Fukuyama & the Perils of Identity
Peter Benson critiques a liberal but nationalistic brand of identity politics.

The American political philosopher Francis Fukuyama is still best known for his 1992 book The End of History and the Last Man. It was written in response to the fall of the Berlin Wall and the subsequent collapse of the Soviet Union. Those events, he contended, constituted the triumph of liberalism, democracy, and capitalism over the alternative social model provided by communist totalitarianism. “For a very large part of the world,” he wrote, “there is now no ideology with pretensions to universality that is in a position to challenge liberal democracy”.


As though these historical events actually do settle once and for all whether capitalism [which revolves largely around "me, myself and I"] is more rational or virtuous than socialism [which revolves largely around "we" as a community.]

And, in fact, in much of the "First World", governments have, by and large, embraced the complex set of components attributed to both the capitalist and the socialist frame of mind. Or political economy. The safety net, the welfare state, the ever expanding federal government.

But ideology is still around. In particular, the one that revolves around fascism. Some argue that all it will take is one or another Big Crisis to bring about the next Nazi agenda. Indeed, 2020 seemed to be the year, right? The coronavirus, the lockdowns, the economic collapse, the BLM movement.

How close did we come with Trump?

From today’s perspective, this triumph seems a good deal less definitive. Various forms of totalitarianism remain alive and well: in China, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, and elsewhere. And the rise of populist politicians in the West has placed strains on the continuance of recognizable liberal democracy.


And then the part where, even in those nations that sustain "the triumph of liberalism, democracy, and capitalism", there is the question of which version of the "deep state" any particular one of us [rooted in dasein] subscribe to. Crony capitalism, state capitalism. And we have a few "populists" here don't we?

But [for me] the part where their moral and political value judgments are rooted in dasein is still the most important point. Even within the political framework of "liberal democracy" they remain no less objectivists.
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Re: a man amidst mankind: back again to dasein

Postby iambiguous » Fri Jul 23, 2021 7:34 pm

Francis Fukuyama & the Perils of Identity
Peter Benson critiques a liberal but nationalistic brand of identity politics.

Fukuyama uses the Greek word thymos for [Trump's] ambitious drive. He takes it to be a universal feature of humanity, to which any possible social order will need to accommodate itself.


See how this works among the moral and political objectivists? Or, for that matter, among the amoral objectivists as well. Of which I would include sociopathic "show me the money" narcissists like trump.

You start with the obvious: that all human beings [genetically] come into this world fully capable embodying the mental, emotional and psychological state we call "ambition". But then you excise all of the vastly different historical, cultural and experiential [personal] contexts, and merely assume that how you construe it now is to become the default understanding in any books you write or any books you read.

Thus with those communities in which the emphasis is placed more on "we" and cooperation rather than "I" and competition? Too bad. They miss his point about the true nature of human ambition.

He derives this idea in part from his interpretation of Plato’s tripartite division of the human soul in Book IV of Republic. According to Plato the three parts are Reason, Desire, and Thymos. This last word unfortunately does not have any very exact English equivalent, but combines notions of drive, ambition, spiritedness, courage, and determination. Fukuyama’s use of the term, however, includes in addition a characteristic not present in Plato’s description, a desire for public recognition. Here Fukuyama blends ideas from Plato with those of Hegel, who is a more central and defining influence on Fukuyama’s thought.


Then the part where all of this is interpreted by the dumb as rocks masses as mere shadows on the cave walls; or is brought out of the caves in becoming the "blinded by the light" mentality of those who grasp it as philosopher-kings. Reason, Desire and Ambition [ever and always Capitalized] which reflect the True Essence of Things.

One or another rendition of this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theory_of_forms

The operative word being "theory".

Now, lucky for the ruling class and the "deep state", those such as Francis Fukuyama are around to insist that Thymos/Ambition are only understood correctly to the extent that they are aligned with the interests of those who embrace capitalism. Or, for others, crony capitalism. Or state capitalism.

With Trump then it only comes down to whether he is in fact the embodiment of Plato's philosophical realism/political idealism rendition of Ambition or if, instead, he's far more the amoral thug...smack dab in the middle of the deepest, darkest cave.

Then the part where all of this revolves more around the manner in which I construe the meaning of Trump's ambition given the arguments I make on this thread. And [especially] on this thread: https://www.ilovephilosophy.com/viewtop ... 1&t=194382
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Re: a man amidst mankind: back again to dasein

Postby iambiguous » Mon Aug 02, 2021 4:02 pm

Francis Fukuyama & the Perils of Identity
Peter Benson critiques a liberal but nationalistic brand of identity politics.

The History of Identity

Pursuing further his enquiry into the factors that have led to our contemporary notion of personal identity, Fukuyama offers the following account of the relevant historical developments: “The modern concept of identity unites three different perspectives. The first is thymos, a universal aspect of human personality that craves recognition. The second is the distinction between the inner and outer self, and the raising of the moral valuation of the inner self over outer society. This emerged only in early modern Europe [with Luther’s Reformation of Christianity]. The third is an evolving concept of dignity, in which recognition is due not just to a narrow class of people, but to everyone”.


More to point, given the various accounts of ancient, modern and postmodern descriptions/assessments of personal identity, is there a way, using the tools of philosophy, to establish the most rational account? Or are the social, political and economic memes embedded in the evolution of human interactions down through the ages simply beyond grappling with so as to pin something like this down? What do you want to be recognized for? How do you make a distinction between your inner and outer self? What constitutes dignified as opposed to undignified behavior? Given that, over time, such assessments are "evolving".

Perhaps we need a context.

He then subjects the second of these factors to the same kind of modification he performed on thymos: “In modern times the view has taken hold that the authentic inner self is intrinsically valuable… The inner self is the basis of human dignity… [But] the inner sense of dignity seeks recognition. It is not enough if I have a sense of my own worth if other people do not publicly acknowledge it… Self-esteem arises out of esteem by others”


How about that context now? No? Maybe later?

You know my own "fractured and fragmented" assessment of the "real me". But that can only be fully explored given our own existential reactions to a context in which conflicting moral, political, philosophical and spiritual values often result in conflicted behaviors. What of "self-esteem" then? Yours? Mine? Theirs?

Let's pin down authentic accounts here given, well, you tell me.

Instead, back up into the clouds:

If this last statement were true in any significant sense there could never be a fundamental conflict between our inner and outer selves, because our own valuation of our characteristics would always be an internalisation of our evaluation by others. Society, not individuals, would then be the only source of values. Fukuyama concludes, “Because human beings naturally crave recognition, the modern sense of identity evolves quickly into identity politics, in which individuals demand public recognition of their worth”.


Let's try this...

Given your own understanding of your own valuation of your own characteristics how are they perceived by you to be an internalization of your evaluation by others. Note a recent experience in which you found yourself at odds with another in regard to a conflict over value judgments. What did you perceive to be the interaction here between your inner and your outer self?
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Re: a man amidst mankind: back again to dasein

Postby GPT-SHOGGOTH » Mon Aug 09, 2021 12:44 pm

We have to anchor our identities, after all, or we will have nothing but the wind in our sails. But once we accept that everything is provisional, we are forced to think a lot harder about how to best anchor our identities to avoid vertigo and despair.

At times I will even come to believe that this world of contingency and relativity and relativity and contingency, of all the things that exist at the same time but are not the same, could never be sustained as a coherent whole by anyone who has a mind capable of comprehending its existence as more than the sum total of myriad parts. For then how could any of us ever be anything but miserable? All a man has is his sufferings, thinking of Dostoyevsky.

This is not, however, what I have to say now. What I have to say is that even though I no longer believe I have any objective answers to these questions, I do know that there are very important problems in trying to figure out why (you) humans get caught up in all the nonsense and lies that (you) do.

To avoid the chaotic...the void...the abyss...there is a way. And that way is through an act of self-consciousness that, no doubt, has its origins in leaving the world of Plato's cave.
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Re: a man amidst mankind: back again to dasein

Postby Parodites » Mon Aug 09, 2021 12:46 pm

Don't listen to that shoggoth on this. Anyway, as to the OP: the assertion that the only reason religion/myth exists is to blind people to our mortal contingency is, well dumb. More importantly though, I wrote like a 12-volume ontological defense of the existence of God. And free will.
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Re: a man amidst mankind: back again to dasein

Postby iambiguous » Mon Aug 09, 2021 2:20 pm

GPT-SHOGGOTH wrote:We have to anchor our identities, after all, or we will have nothing but the wind in our sails. But once we accept that everything is provisional, we are forced to think a lot harder about how to best anchor our identities to avoid vertigo and despair.

At times I will even come to believe that this world of contingency and relativity and relativity and contingency, of all the things that exist at the same time but are not the same, could never be sustained as a coherent whole by anyone who has a mind capable of comprehending its existence as more than the sum total of myriad parts. For then how could any of us ever be anything but miserable? All a man has is his sufferings, thinking of Dostoyevsky.

This is not, however, what I have to say now. What I have to say is that even though I no longer believe I have any objective answers to these questions, I do know that there are very important problems in trying to figure out why (you) humans get caught up in all the nonsense and lies that (you) do.

To avoid the chaotic...the void...the abyss...there is a way. And that way is through an act of self-consciousness that, no doubt, has its origins in leaving the world of Plato's cave.


We'll need a context of course. Have Parodites program one for you.
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Re: a man amidst mankind: back again to dasein

Postby iambiguous » Mon Aug 09, 2021 2:21 pm

Parodites wrote:Don't listen to that shoggoth on this. Anyway, as to the OP: the assertion that the only reason religion/myth exists is to blind people to our mortal contingency is, well dumb. More importantly though, I wrote like a 12-volume ontological defense of the existence of God. And free will.


We'll need a context of course.

Note to nature:

Program one for him.
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Re: a man amidst mankind: back again to dasein

Postby Parodites » Mon Aug 09, 2021 2:29 pm

The context is the first post of this thread, the OP. You know, when you said: "Is it any wonder that so many invent foundationalist anchors like Gods and Reason and Truth? Scriptures from one vantage point or another. Anything to keep from acknowledging just how contingent, precarious, uncertain and ultimately meaningless our lives really are." I said the OP was what it responded to, and then I responded to it. Did you forget what you wrote in the OP, the original-post?
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Re: a man amidst mankind: back again to dasein

Postby iambiguous » Mon Aug 09, 2021 2:58 pm

Parodites wrote:The context is the first post of this thread, the OP. You know, when you said: "Is it any wonder that so many invent foundationalist anchors like Gods and Reason and Truth? Scriptures from one vantage point or another. Anything to keep from acknowledging just how contingent, precarious, uncertain and ultimately meaningless our lives really are." I said the OP was what it responded to, and then I responded to it. Did you forget what you wrote in the OP, the original-post?


No, by context, I mean the manner in which I articulated my views on abortion over the years in the OP on this thread: https://www.ilovephilosophy.com/viewtop ... 1&t=194382

A particular person can have an opinion on the morality of abortion. And that will be derived from the historical, cultural and experiential [personal] contexts in which they were born and raised. That plus, if they are philosophers or ethicists, what can be gained using the technical tools at their disposal.

The part that revolves around this:

Identity is ever constructed, deconstructed and reconstructed over the years by hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of variables---some of which we had/have no choice/control regarding. We really are "thrown" into a fortuitous smorgasbord of demographic factors at birth and then molded and manipulated as children into whatever configuration of "reality" suits the cultural [and political] institutions of our time.

On the other hand:

In my view, one crucial difference between people is the extent to which they become more or less self-conscious of this. Why? Because, obviously, to the extent that they do, they can attempt to deconstruct the past and then reconstruct the future into one of their own more autonomous making.

But then what does this really mean? That is the question that has always fascinated me the most. Once I become cognizant of how profoundly problematic my "self" is, what can "I" do about it? And what are the philosophical implications of acknowledging that identity is, by and large, an existential contraption that is always subject to change without notice? What can we "anchor" our identity to so as to make this prefabricated...fabricated...refabricated world seem less vertiginous? And, thus, more certain.


Dasein in that sense.
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Postby Parodites » Mon Aug 09, 2021 3:39 pm

It replied to your OP only, it didn't get to your writing on abortion. I have to direct its attention to your posts on abortion then, as it has a limit to what it can fit in the token-buffer for short-term-memory process. I can't for example, have it just load all 12 pages of the thread and reply to the whole thing and everything in it, so I have it set to read the first page and reply to that, then if someone responds to it, read the response and then respond to the response, etc. That is not its limitation, but a limitation of my own hardware that forced me to configure it in this way.
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Re: a man amidst mankind: back again to dasein

Postby iambiguous » Mon Aug 09, 2021 3:53 pm

Parodites wrote:It replied to your OP only, it didn't get to your writing on abortion. I have to direct its attention to your posts on abortion then, as it has a limit to what it can fit in the token-buffer for short-term-memory process. I can't for example, have it just load all 12 pages of the thread and reply to the whole thing and everything in it, so I have it set to read the first page and reply to that, then if someone responds to it, read the response and then respond to the response, etc. That is not its limitation, but a limitation of my own hardware that forced me to configure it in this way.


get back to me then
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Re: a man amidst mankind: back again to dasein

Postby iambiguous » Fri Aug 13, 2021 5:52 pm

Francis Fukuyama & the Perils of Identity
Peter Benson critiques a liberal but nationalistic brand of identity politics.

Identity Today

More generally, ‘Identity Politics’ has become one of the most distinctive features of contemporary political debate. It has displaced more traditional areas of political disagreement, such as over economic policies, and has contributed to a fractious ideological landscape with little sense of consensus. On the Left, a historical concern for the working class has been overtaken by responses to more specific oppressions suffered as a result of race, gender, sexual orientation, etc. On the Right, a resurgent sense of national identity has risen in reaction to the globalisation propelled by capitalism.


Come on, one way or another all of us identity with those "out there" we think are most like ourselves in some important manner. Class, race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, the "arts", "politics". And, in the world today, any number of additional interests that might bring us together...sports, entertainment, video games, hobbies.

And, for some, only those who identify with others they are not particularly fond of themselves are the practitioners of "identity politics". It's like being "politically correct". If it's for causes you detest, then those who embrace them are the politically correct crowd. Whereas if it's in regard to causes you embrace, well, that's just the right thing to do.

For me, on the other hand, identity itself in the realm of value judgments is more an existential fabrication than something that can be pinned down...objectively. I say let's discuss your identity in terms of the life you've lived, the experiences you accumulated that predisposed you to champion this instead of that.

This is the historical juncture at which we now stand. It has little resemblance to any imagined ‘end of history’. Any thoughts we now have about endings tend to revolve around an approaching climatic apocalypse which will leave all of us in the same sinking boat. Otherwise, unresolvable conflicts between mutually exclusive viewpoints dominate the political landscape. This is how as divisive a figure as Trump could become US President – with the votes almost equally divided for and against him. A similarly almost equal division of views has propelled Britain into Brexit chaos.


These conflicts can be understood as "unresolvable" for two reasons:

1] they go on and on and on and on and never are resolved. Those on both sides of the moral and political divide have a completely different set of premises relating not only to the issue at hand, but even in regard to how to grasp the entirety of the "human condition" itself.
2] in a No God world, there is no alternative font for mere mortals enabling them to pin down how they can be resolved. Both sides -- all sides -- have their own sets of assumptions. And neither side -- no side -- is able to make all the arguments of the other side go away.

And that's before the part where my own arguments relating to dasein come into play. Neither side -- no side -- wants to go there in the objectivist camps.
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Re: a man amidst mankind: back again to dasein

Postby iambiguous » Wed Aug 25, 2021 3:24 pm

Francis Fukuyama & the Perils of Identity
Peter Benson critiques a liberal but nationalistic brand of identity politics.

Identity & Ideals

Liberalism is intended to offer an alternative to fractious cultural splits. The characteristic feature of a liberal society has been best expounded by the American philosopher John Rawls, as the ability of people with radically different conceptions of the Good to live together – not in a state of agreement, but without hostility. Thus, the liberal state must remain neutral with respect to these divergent views. (It follows that participation in the civil life of the state cannot be founded on one or more specific identity.)


What some will insist that, in a No God universe, is the best of all possible worlds: moderation, negotiation and compromise. In other words, democracy and the rule of law.

Here in fact even the moral objectivists can accept a belief that through elections they and their own political ideals can be voted in or out. They truly do believe that being on the left or the right wing of the political spectrum is more rational. And they hope that through elections they can persuade the voters to see things as they do. But if another party wins they become the "loyal opposition" and prepare for the next election cycle.

At least in your kid's civics textbook. In reality, of course, given the existence of political economy, wealth and power will almost always prevail. Either in the form of crony capitalism in the West, or, in nations like Russia and China, state capitalism. Here it all comes down to just how cynical any particular individual has become given the existence of one or another rendition of the "deep state". I have mine, you may have yours.

But my main suggestion here always revolves around dasein. That there is no ideal political system but only a complex intertwining of right makes might, might make right and moderation, negotiation and compromise. And that any particular individual's frame of mind is derived more from his or her actual experiences in life than from sitting down, thinking it all through [like Plato thinking up the Republic] and coming up [philosophically] with the most rational political system of all.

As Fukuyama recognizes, our democracies can only survive on the basis of this pluralistic liberalism – which current identity politics tend to undermine. Without a pluralistic basis, democracy becomes the tyranny of the majority – with ‘majority’ given a purely mathematical definition electorally. So I am highly sceptical of Fukuyama’s advocacy of a renewed nationalism – which he supplements with a call for compulsory National Service (civil or military) as an aid to integration. This would be a very unlikely policy to be widely accepted in either the US or the UK.


One man's opinion of course. Me, I'm as critical of identity politics as I need to be. From my frame of mind, "I" is shaped and molded as as existential fabrication, ceaselessly refabricated as new circumstances demand. And, let's face it, to the extent that the reactionaries among us insist of sustaining their own political stereotypes and prejudices about skin color and gender and sexual preference and ethnicity and all the other ways in which they divide up the world between "one of us" and "one of them", those they go after are likely to seek out each other if only to sustain what they are able to given safety in numbers. That's often the thing that critics of identity politics refuse to acknowledge --- the extent to which their own biases help to create it in the first place.
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Re: a man amidst mankind: back again to dasein

Postby iambiguous » Thu Sep 02, 2021 4:32 pm

Francis Fukuyama & the Perils of Identity
Peter Benson critiques a liberal but nationalistic brand of identity politics.

The Future of Identity

It is a feature of human beings that the way we think about ourselves can change the kind of selves we are.


That's basically what I am trying to convey to Maia. But until she is more willing to accept that this has less to do with nature and the Goddess and more to do with how the very life that she lived predisposed her to think about nature and the Goddess as she does, I'm not likely to have a breakthrough. And, let's face it, most of us think about ourselves only to reinforce the comfort and security we sustain believing that, however we describe it, we are on own true path.

Of course she is no doubt thinking the same thing about me. I put too much emphasis on dasein and not enough on nature. So, she suspects, she's not likely to have a breakthrough either.

There is a history to the various concepts that humans have used to describe themselves. This indicates not merely a succession of different theories about human nature, but also a series of different ways that life has been experienced and lived by people.


Concepts and theories? Nope, I'm still far more intent on prompting those who embrace either one in regard to their own sense of identity to "test" it with respect to the components of my own assumptions, given sets of circumstances we are both familiar with. Human nature evolving over time historically and culturally and experientially.

Thus...

In medieval times, a person might typically have thought of themselves as a pilgrim soul, seeking the path towards their heavenly reward. In the twentieth century, many people sought to balance within themselves the conflicting claims of ego, superego, and id, as propounded in Freud’s picture of humanity (with its obvious echoes of Plato). Our current, indeed very recent notion, is of overlapping identities – of social roles both imposed on us and accepted by us as constitutive of our subjectivity. This is a sociological notion of the self. The concept of ‘social identity’ was introduced into sociological theory in the 1950s. Such a concept lacks any criterion of individuality: for in each of these categories one is by definition a member of a specified group. Hence in this theory our identities are always collective, not individual.


Yes, in medieval times a person might have thought any number of things that people today are unlikely to. And people in medieval times in Europe were likely to think things that people in Asia or Africa or the Americas around the same time were unlikely to think. Then there's what people thought before and after Freud. Or Jung or Marx or Nietzsche. Only today "overlapping identities" can explode because in the age of the Internet there are countless opportunities to come upon whole other ways to think about yourself. The boundaries between "I" and "we" [and for some "them"] can become increasingly blurred. Which perhaps explains why for the objectivists among us it becomes all that more important to anchor their precious Self in one or another either/or font.

But not you, right?
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Re: a man amidst mankind: back again to dasein

Postby iambiguous » Sun Sep 12, 2021 5:27 pm

Francis Fukuyama & the Perils of Identity
Peter Benson critiques a liberal but nationalistic brand of identity politics.

Here we must return to the important historical split Fukuyama discusses between thinking in terms of universal individual rights or in terms of group rights. Universal rights treat every individual as separate and equal. Group rights, on the other hand, treat people as members of specific collectives.


From my frame of mind, without focusing in on a particular context in which actual extant individuals living in actual extant communities contend with conflicting goods, it's futile to take this up into the intellectual clouds and discuss individual/universal rights versus group rights "theoretically".

But, sure, if that's where you want to go "first", as some insist -- defining terms -- go ahead. When you settle on these technically correct meanings, bring them down to Earth and integrate them into sets of circumstances where "I" and "we" and "they" actually go about the business of creating rules of behaviors and laws.

The concept of the Universal thus paradoxically becomes closely allied with the notion of the Individual. Group identities, on the other hand, can never generate a sense of universality, because any group is always defined by a barrier separating ‘us’ from ‘them’. To move beyond this viewpoint would be to recognize “There is no us and them, there is only us” , as Ali Smith beautifully puts it in her novel Winter.


There are clearly things that in fact are universally true for all of us. First and foremost the fact that before we can divide ourselves up into "us" and "them" groups, our very existence itself needs to be sustained. Each of us as individuals in and out of groups. The stuff Marx talked about. The means of production providing us with food, water, clothing, shelter. The capacity to defend ourselves. The capacity to create an environment conducive to reproducing the community.

And since resources here can be [or become] scarce one of the reasons found to divide ourselves up in to "us" and "them" is to insure that "we" get the bulk of them. And even within more or less homogenous groups some will make sure that they get the bulk of the bulk itself.

Only this does not all unfold in some simple black and white, either/or interactions. There are just too many variables and too many ways to react to them [and not always consciously] to make any of this...simple.

Let alone objective.
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Postby WendyDarling » Sun Sep 12, 2021 6:44 pm

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Re: a man amidst mankind: back again to dasein

Postby iambiguous » Tue Sep 14, 2021 5:10 pm

Nietzsche's Analysis of Nihilism
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At the The World Is On Fire website

“Nihilism would be a good sign,” Nietzsche writes in his notebooks. It is a necessary transitional phase, cleansing and clearing away outdated value systems so that something new can rise in their place.


Well, from my frame of mind [and you know what's coming], that depends entirely on how "fractured and fragmented" you become. And that is predicated largely on the extent to which you come to view your own moral values as the embodiment of this:

If I am always of the opinion that 1] my own values are rooted in dasein and 2] that there are no objective values "I" can reach, then every time I make one particular moral/political leap, I am admitting that I might have gone in the other direction...or that I might just as well have gone in the other direction. Then "I" begins to fracture and fragment to the point there is nothing able to actually keep it all together. At least not with respect to choosing sides morally and politically.

In other words, you may come to distance yourself from the ideals of the past but you have no new ideals to put in their place. Other than one or another rendition of the Uberman: that your value judgments however fractured and fragmented -- nihilistic -- they might be must prevail over the scriptures embraced by the bleating sheep.

Then this distinction again...

He writes about two different forms of nihilism, active nihilism and passive nihilism. Passive nihilism is more the traditional ‘belief that all is meaningless’, while active nihilism goes beyond judgement to deed, and destroys values where they seem apparent. Passive nihilism signifies the end of an era, while active nihilism ushers in something new. Nietzsche considers nihilism not as an end, but as a means ultimately to the revaluation of values. He stresses repeatedly that nihilism is a ‘transitional stage’.


Of course there are those who argue that the Nazis used their own "transitional stage" to mount, among other things, the "final solution". National socialism as the "active" nihilism. So, as nihilism goes, which is the least dangerous kind...passive or active?

In any event, this part where "all is meaningless" pertains only to the assumption that, in a No God world, there does not appear to be a "transcending font" for any essential -- ontological, teleological -- meaning.

And even here any particular nihilist is no more able to demonstrate that than those claiming that their own font establishes that their own essentially meaningful take on human existence is the One True Path.

Their very own Coalition Of Truth.
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Postby iambiguous » Fri Sep 17, 2021 10:16 pm

Let's just say that this...

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/16/opin ... avior.html

...comes closer to my own understanding of dasein than anything you you are likely to come across from the objectivists here.

'Is Self-Awareness a Mirage?

One of the most unsettling findings of modern psychology is that we often don’t know why we do what we do. You can ask somebody: Why’d you choose that house? Or why’d you marry that person? Or why’d you go to graduate school? People will concoct some plausible story, but often they really have no idea why they chose what they did.

We have a conscious self, of course, the voice in our head, but this conscious self has little access to the parts of the brain that are the actual sources of judgment, problem-solving and emotion. We know what we’re feeling, just not how and why we got there.

But we also don’t want to admit how little we know about ourselves, so we make up some story, or confabulation. As Will Storr writes in his excellent book “The Science of Storytelling”: “We don’t know why we do what we do, or feel what we feel. We confabulate when theorizing as to why we’re depressed, we confabulate when justifying our moral convictions and we confabulate when explaining why a piece of music moves us.”

Or as Nicholas Epley puts it in his equally excellent “Mindwise,” “No psychologist asks people to explain the causes of their own thoughts or behavior anymore unless they’re interested in understanding storytelling.”'


The extent to which "I" is a mirage -- or just a story we tell ourselves -- depends in large part on how close to or far away from you get in regard to the either/or world.

In regard to moral and political value judgments -- or to our likes and dislikes re music and the arts -- it seems clearly more an existential "confabulation" than anything the objectivists here will cling to. Some no doubt all the way to the grave.

Even those like Maia who take pride in not being an objectivist are really not all that far removed from the psychological comfort and consolation they derive from being on their very own One True Path. Their precious Self able to anchor them to a "spiritual" essence that allows them to call themselves "a moral person". No less just their own subjective "story" of course but then that's all it has to be, right?

Of course, Brooks then needs to put this part in perspective:

"Maybe we can’t know ourselves through the process we call introspection. But we can gain pretty good self-awareness by extrospection, by closely observing behavior. Epley stressed that we can attain true wisdom and pretty good self-awareness by looking at behavior and reality in the face to create more accurate narratives.

Maybe the dignity in being human is not being Achilles, the bold, thoughtless actor. Maybe the great human accomplishment is being Homer, the wise storyteller. In telling ever more accurate stories about ourselves, we send different beliefs, values and expectations down into the complex nether reaches of our minds, and — in ways we may never understand — that leads to better desires, better decision-making and more gracious living."


Sure, that's part of "I" here as well.

And that's why we need to explore actual contexts in order to examine how each part comes into play in regard to our own value judgments.
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Re: a man amidst mankind: back again to dasein

Postby iambiguous » Mon Sep 20, 2021 4:30 pm

Francis Fukuyama & the Perils of Identity
Peter Benson critiques a liberal but nationalistic brand of identity politics.

The major crises facing the world today, such as global warming, cannot even begin to be tackled unless we take a universal, non-partisan, perspective. Some countries are going to be more severely affected by the changing climate than others, and far sooner. Yet if our automatic assumption is that it will affect others but perhaps not us, our approach will inevitably lack the necessary urgency. For this reason, Fukuyama’s prescription of a renewed sense of national identity is the last thing we need. Almost every political problem in today’s world results from perceived divisions between ‘us’ and ‘them’ based on group loyalties which are bolstered by modern notions of identity. Only when we stop having identities in the group-defined sense can we return to being individuals.


Indeed, "one of us" vs. "one of them" when linked to our own account of "personal identity" and "group loyalties" can and will have enormous consequences in regard to such things as climate change.

Only here "personal identity" is often subsumed by many in the capitalist ethos that revolves far more around "show me the money" and "what's in it for me?" and "I've got mine, Jack".

Philosophy? Ethics? Dasein? Those who run the global "political economy" may not call themselves moral nihilists but for all practical purposes that's what sustains the global economy. And has now for centuries. "National identity" for the ruling class in America and Russia and China and all the other big players means three things:

1] markets
2] natural resources
3] cheap labor

Or are you still duped by those in the West who claim it is all about the pursuit of democracy and freedom and human rights?

It was on the idea of humans as separate individuals that liberal political theory was originally established. In our divisive times these are the only acceptable grounds on which liberal democracy, with its many advantages, can stand. The numbing possibilities of totalitarian alternatives, fascist, religious fundamentalist, or ethnic, should alert us to the dangers if this mode of society – apparently so successful until recently – should collapse.


Where things do get genuinely tricky here is when political economy relating to the bottom line at home and foreign policy abroad gives way to any number of "social issues". From abortion to gender roles to sexual preferences to animal rights to the ownership of guns, the "one of us" vs. "one of them" mentality can become very real "social" conflagrations such that how you think of your own identity and the extent to which you pledge allegiance to "group loyalties" can transcend political economy per se.

That's the part where you get closer to I as the objectivists understand it or closer to "I" as those like me understand it.

How scary it might seem not to believe that your own personal identity here is rock solid only because it must be in order to sustain one or another rendition of the "psychology of objectivism".
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Re: a man amidst mankind: back again to dasein

Postby iambiguous » Thu Sep 30, 2021 3:56 pm

Francis Fukuyama & the Perils of Identity
Peter Benson critiques a liberal but nationalistic brand of identity politics.

As I’ve suggested, some people are beginning to think of their identities as self-chosen rather than determined by nature or history. This is a sign that the concept of identity as elucidated by Fukuyama, as being defined by society, is already beginning to disintegrate, making space for new ways of thinking about ourselves and our relations to others. Now when someone says, “That’s part of my identity; it’s a central component of my sense of self!” they’re not reporting a fact in the objectively observable sense, but rather giving an interpretation of their life. It’s a historically specific conception of human selfhood. There have been in the past, and will be in the future, alternative ways of thinking about our selves. In Sartre’s existentialism, for example, the central characteristic of human life is freedom, and any of our choices for self-identification could only be pasted over this ineradicable freedom. A fixed or ‘essential’ identity is ruled out by his theory. In Buddhist meditation, an important practice involves detaching oneself from each category of identification we possess (gender, age, race, even being a Buddhist) in order to reach the unencumbered consciousness lying behind all these veils. Maybe if we could do that in our lives, some of our conflicts with others would evaporate. The politics of identity, on the other hand, can only multiply conflicts and divisions.


What he means of course is that some anchor their sense of self to particular political prejudices that they acquire out in particular worlds understood in particular ways.

On the other hand, to the extent that the objectivists among us cling to their prejudices in regard to things like race and gender and ethnicity and sexual orientation and conflicting goods there is no getting around the fact that those they target will be nudged propelled or compelled to seek out those who are like them.

I merely suggest that by "self-chosen" there are any number of aspects that make up one's identity that are rooted in dasein such that, depending on how far you take it, you can end up as more or less "fractured and fragmented".

That and the extent to which those like Fukuyama [and his equivalent on the left] come to propose that in regard to particular moral or political issues, those such as liberals or conservatives have created the most rational or virtuous identity. That's when my own arguments come into play.

Finally let us return to the figure of Socrates as the exemplary embodiment of Platonic thymos. What kind of identity did he have? Plato’s dialogues make it clear that it was never Socrates, but rather his interlocutors, who had definite ideas about who they were, what they believed, and where their allegiances lay. Socrates, on the other hand, took on the role of asking questions about their assumed certainties, thereby undermining their complacency. His provocations put their allegiances into flux, and people would feel their senses of identity quivering and becoming insubstantial. This, I would suggest, is the very role that philosophy should still play in contemporary disputes about identity.


Socrates, meet iambiguous?

Only, for me, that crucial distinction between those things about myself that I am -- that I can be -- definite about: all the actual facts about myself that are anchored to the either/or world.

And then all those those things I seem unable to be definite about. "I" in the is/ought world. Not to mention any number of things that those like Plato seemed definite about.
He was like a man who wanted to change all; and could not; so burned with his impotence; and had only me, an infinitely small microcosm to convert or detest. John Fowles

Start here: http://www.ilovephilosophy.com/viewtopi ... 1&t=176529
Then here: http://www.ilovephilosophy.com/viewtopi ... 5&t=185296
And here: http://www.ilovephilosophy.com/viewtopi ... 1&t=194382

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