By Robert Hanna

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Prüfung,” by Edith Breckwoldt (2004)

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

I. Introduction

II. Refuting the Dignity-Skeptic and Debunking a Dignity-Debunking Argument

III. The Metaphysics of Human Dignity

IV. Nonideal Dignitarian Moral Theory

V. Some Hard Cases For Broadly Kantian Nonideal Dignitarian Moral Theory

VI. Enacting Human Dignity and The Mind-Body Politic

VII. Conclusion

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This installment contains the first part of section III.

But you can also read or download a .pdf of the complete text of this essay HERE.

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III. The Metaphysics of Human Dignity

According to the broadly Kantian theory of human dignity, human dignity is the absolute, non-denumerably infinite, intrinsic, and objective value of human real persons as ends-in-themselves, and human…


By Robert Hanna

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[I] was then making plans for a work that might perhaps have the title, “The Limits of Sense and Reason.” I planned to have it consist of two parts, a theoretical and a practical. The first part would have two sections, (1) general phenomenology and (2) metaphysics, but this only with regard to its method. (Letter to Marcus Herz, 21 February 1772 [C 10: 129])

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An edgy essay by Robert Hanna

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You can also download or read a .pdf of the complete text of this essay HERE.

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Why There’s Really No Such Thing as Irrationality

Irrationality, supposedly, is the contrary of human rationality, and human rationality is assumed to be an inherently good thing; hence — if irrationality really exists — then it’s the same as the fact or phenomenon of human unreason or human anti-reason, and it’s also an inherently bad thing that should always be criticized.

Indeed, there’s even a much-touted recent book by Justin E.H. Smith, called Irrationality, as per the following book blurb:

It’s a story we can’t stop telling ourselves. Once, humans were benighted…


By Otto Paans

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“Wheat Fields,” by Jacob van Ruisdael (c. 1670)

Thus profound metaphysics is rooted in an implicit geometry which — whether we will or not — confers spatiality upon thought; if a metaphysician could not draw, what would he think?

— Gaston Bachelard, Dialectics of Inside and Outside

[I]f pure experience means to know things just as they are, then simplicity or passivity are not characteristics of it — the truly direct state is constitutive and active.

— Kitarō Nishida, An Inquiry Into the Good

Introduction

This essay is an elaborated and extended version of an earlier essay, “How To Do Real Metaphysics: 22 Theses.”[i] In this revised version, I’ve…


By Robert Hanna

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[I] was then making plans for a work that might perhaps have the title, “The Limits of Sense and Reason.” I planned to have it consist of two parts, a theoretical and a practical. The first part would have two sections, (1) general phenomenology and (2) metaphysics, but this only with regard to its method. (Letter to Marcus Herz, 21 February 1772 [C 10: 129])

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An edgy essay by Otto Paans

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Against The State: A Polemic During A Pandemic

If there is one thing that the past four years have taught us, it is that Western democracy is imploding at a rate that its defenders could not foresee, and that they will turn out to be powerless to stop.

Why? The answer is simple: we have not taken the core lesson of philosophical anarchism to heart. Instead, we nurtured the State, in the false hope that it would — via representative democracy — act in our best interest. Or: we kept a rabid dog, in the hope that it would not bite us.

Instead, the State (i.e. the governmental…


By Robert Hanna

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

I. Introduction

II. Refuting the Dignity-Skeptic and Debunking a Dignity-Debunking Argument

III. The Metaphysics of Human Dignity

IV. Nonideal Dignitarian Moral Theory

V. Some Hard Cases For Broadly Kantian Nonideal Dignitarian Moral Theory

VI. Enacting Human Dignity and The Mind-Body Politic

VII. Conclusion

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This installment contains section II.

But you can also read or download a .pdf of the complete text of this essay HERE.

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II. Refuting the Dignity-Skeptic and Debunking a Dignity-Debunking Argument

The dignity-skeptic is anyone who, for any reason whatsoever, denies the real existence of human dignity. But if one asked the dignity-skeptic the following question,

“Would you or could you rationally consent to being summarily…

Mr Nemo

Formerly Captain Nemo. A not-so-very-angry, but still unemployed, full-time philosopher-nobody.

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