Sunday, July 1, 2012

Hume, Mendelssohn, and Meillassoux

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Steered By Cells And Molecules - Science Of Spirituality Article - India's first Spiritual Networking Website By: Mukul Sharma on Jun 29, 2012 14 Responses Are we automated by constituents of the body rather than by free will and identity, asks MUKUL SHARMA.
Interestingly, two psychologists from Santa Barbara, tested the hypothesis using a couple of ingenious experiments to see if changing people’s sense of responsibility would change their behaviour…
Although the experimenters warned against generalising from their results, the findings do raise the genuine concern that widespread encouragement of a deterministic (read soulless) worldview may have the inadvertent consequence of encouraging immoral behaviour. The concerned participants did cheat and steal when they thought no one would know or there was no chance of getting caught, whereas the control group didn’t, in spite of the test situation being the same. Did they feel they were answerable to some internal core of control? Who knows? But if ever science does discover that it’s a totally deterministic universe with no free-will, we’d probably have to invent a fictive one for society to function optimally.

The Affective Life of Philosophy from Larval Subjects (Levi Bryant) Jun 30, 2012 
Whitehead is another thinker that comes to mind as being pervaded by these sorts of affective volumes. There is a delight here, a love of the world.
There are other philosophies that seem populated by a delight taken in organizing and whittling things down to their precise essence, like the sort of jouissance the bureaucrat draws from a well organized filing system. The bureaucrat, of course, has a purpose for filing things in this way. Yet it is difficult to escape the impression that he enjoys his filing system and forms for their own sake; that the organization is an end in itself. Here we might think of Hegel in the Science of Logic, or Husserl’s endless distinctions, Brandom’s endless distinctions in Making it Explicit, or Sellars. We might also think of certain moments in high scholasticism.

“has somehow chosen the excerpts maliciously” from Object-Oriented Philosophy by doctorzamalek (Graham Harman) Jul 1, 2012
But Meillassoux’s effect on continental philosophy has been precious, and he was able to pull it off initially with just one short but sublimely engineered book… Meillassoux is generally a perfectionist who doesn’t like releasing works to the public unless they are in ultra-fine condition. Levi Bryant insightfully compared Meillassoux to a “gem cutter.”

Agamben reads the Western tradition as a series of increasingly destructive failed attempts to separate them out in some kind of stable and sustainable way. Read more

A Treatise of Human Nature - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia by Scottish philosopher David Hume  (1711 – 1776), first published in 1739–1740.
Hume himself described the (lack of) public reaction to the publication of the Treatise by writing that the book "fell dead-born from the press."[1] Hume intended to see whether the Treatise met with success and, if so, to complete it with books devoted to morals, politics, and criticism.[2] It did not meet with success, and so was not completed.
After deciding that the Treatise had problems of style rather than of content, he reworked some of the material for more popular consumption in An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding (1748). It did not prove extremely successful either, but was somewhat more so than the Treatise. He later also "cast anew" Book 3 of the Treatise as An Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals (1751), which Hume wrote is "of all my writings, historical, philosophical, or literary, incomparably the best."[3] The Treatise is now in the public domain. Books 1 and 2 were originally published in 1739, while Book 3 was published in 1740.[4] 

Moses Mendelssohn - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1729 – 1786) was a German Jewishphilosopher to whose ideas the Haskalah (the 'Jewish enlightenment' of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries) is indebted. 
Ever since his friend Lessing had died, he had wanted to write an essay or a book about his character. When Friedrich Heinrich Jacobi, an acquaintance of both men, heard of Mendelssohn's project, he stated that he had confidential information about Lessing being a "Spinozist", which, in these years, was regarded as being more or less synonymous with "atheist"—something which Lessing was accused of being anyway by religious circles.[15] This led to an exchange of letters between Jacobi and Mendelssohn which showed they had hardly any common ground. 

Sri Nolini Kanta Gupta has given us all a subtle body of literature bound to widely extend into the frontal consciousness.  What he said of Vivekananda’s words (which woke his courage up in Alipore) is true of his own: “These are luminous life-giving mantras and the world and humanity…have need of them.” One-volume editions include Lights from Nolini Kanta Gupta (highlights taken from individual essays) and Evolution and the Earthly Destiny (selected essays).  Education and Initiation, translated from the Bengali, more timely than ever, has now been released. His eight-volume Collected Works continue to grow in relevance and merit more detailed scholarly study.  Surprisingly, the eight volumes are as affordable as they are full of delights and unexpected turns.
Or one may prefer to read his translation of Savitri into Bengali.  The shining Arjuna of spiritual aspirants has left us a portion of the new creation, full of the force of yoga and packed with the light of Sri Aurobindo.
— Rick Lipschutz discovered the Integral Yoga after exploring other paths and has been a devotee of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother since 1997.  A member of the Cultural Integral Fellowship who attends retreats at Sri Aurobindo Sadhana Peetham in Lodi, he lives with his wife and son in San Francisco, USA.

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