Why All The Truly Cosmopolitan Philosophers in the World Today Are Only 3.5 Inches Tall.

Mr Kant and Mr Nietzsche Do Mexico City, Without Passports

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The OLD was a series of seven experimental works in philosophy that were published online in the edgy, radical philosophy blog between July 2015 and May 2016:

OK. So what’s a “philosoflick”?

Here’s what the author of The OLD said —

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I think that The OLD were very cool; but I also think that their author barely scratched the surface of what can done with this experiment in visual philosophy.

So that’s why I’ve undertaken a series of philosoflicks here on Medium — hence The NEW

The first in that series was about Nietzsche’s critique of metaphysics, the nature of reality, and the profundity of movies,

The second was about human unhappiness, poetic empathy, and the minds, lives, and deaths of non-human animals, .

The third was about our own lives and deaths,

The fourth was about what, if anything, might transcend rational human existence, and what we should be doing about it, .

The fifth, , by Snaut, was the first in a tetralogy that visuo-philosophically explores themes in the work of Hannah Arendt.

The sixth, , also by Snaut, was the second installment in that tetralogy.

The seventh, , again by Snaut, was the third installment in the tetralogy.

The eighth, recorded an amazing intellectual encounter between a philosophical finger-puppet named “Mr Kant” and another philosophical finger-puppet named “Mr Nietzsche” in The Eerie, Uncanny House of Cinema.

And one, the ninth of , records how Mr Kant and Mr Nietzsche went on a truly cosmopolitan philosophical field trip….

Reincarnated again as finger-puppets, this time in an airport filled with Biggies, in a neoliberal democratic nation-state that’s controlled by an oligarchy consisting of corporate capitalist plutocrat racist technocrat war-mongering xenophobes with bad hair, en route to Mexico City.

Mr K: crap!, Mr N — .

By some not only fully conceivable and thinkable, but also naturally and really possible, yet still mind-blowing, process, even despite our being world-historically famous, dead, white, male, German philosophers from the 18th and 19nth centuries respectively, Immanuel Kant, and Friedrich Nietzsche, .

But time, instead of being in the essentially Safe Space that was The Eerie, Uncanny House of Cinema, we’re now outside , at an airport , aka , in a neoliberal democratic nation-state that — judging by the ubiquitous TV monitors and handheld devices obsessively fiddled with, listened to, and watched by the Biggies — is controlled by an oligarchy consisting of corporate capitalist plutocrat racist technocrat war-mongering xenophobes with bad hair.

But not only that, we’re apparently .

Mr N: Herr Doktor Professor Kant-Dude!

Whilst in limbo, I being philosophically floor-wiped by you last time, and am now not only with our being back again as 3.5 inch tall 21st century finger-puppets, but also about going to Mexico City.

I also about this neoliberal democratic nation-state’s being controlled by an oligarchy consisting of corporate capitalist plutocrat racist technocrat war-mongering xenophobes.

— With bad hair.

At the same time, however, I might also just point out that in some of writings,

And you’ve also got a strange phobia about blind people.[ii]

— Not accusin’ or denouncin’. Just sayin’.

Mr K: OK, fair enough.

— My time in limbo was good for me too.

I fully admit that in some of my minor anthropological writings I simply fucked up philosophically and got some things completely wrong, especially about women, race, and non-Europeans.

And I’m very, very far from being a morally perfect person.

But it would be a huge fallacy to draw critical conclusions about my major philosophical works in metaphysics, philosophy of science, ethics, aesthetics, political theory — especially including my theory of enlightenment and cosmopolitanism— and moral theology, from some morally bad personal facts about me and a few stupid mistakes I made in minor works.

And at the same time, you must also admit that — I mean that we all have a strong although not compulsory predisposition towards egoism and the Dear Self, the root of all evil, in a world of finite resources and widespread bad luck.

I mean:

Hence .

Moreover, please take into account my brilliantly original which says that absolutely all rational human animals are who inherently possess and , and also that we’re strictly morally obligated to treat them and ourselves with

And also, please take into account my .

Moreover, I’ll just mention, by way of returning the compliment, that writings have been frequently taken to be

Mr N: OK. Point so totally taken. I hear you.

I fucked up philosophically sometimes too.

I was also very, very far from being morally perfect as a person.

And I had some “mental health issues,” to say the least.

Still, I stand by the edgy brilliance and exceptional creative originality of my philosophical writings, literally exploding with profound psychological and social insights, and new forms of philosophical expression.

So from here on in, let’s just mutually chill out, accept our tiny-sized, shared, crooked, “human, all too human,” finger-puppetized condition, and enjoy the hell out of this philosophical field trip.

Mr K: Yes, so totally.

I mean: being briefly liberated from our icky Leibnizian windowless, monadic, thing-in-itselfish existence in limbo, so that we can hang out together for a few days in Mexico City — what could be better than that?

In their Mexico City hotel room.

Mr K: Wow. It’s great to see the daylight again as the sun rises over MC.

How the hell did we manage to get through immigration and passport control?

Mr N: Some Biggie smuggled us in, inside his backpack.

But was it hot, stuffy, and sweaty as we waited for two hours in the immigration and passport control line-up, hidden inside that backpack — or was it hot, stuffy, and sweaty?

And I was getting to be a little worried when that girl standing in front of us fainted.

Luckily our Biggie gave her his water bottle, and then the guards took pity on her, and let her through the line….

Hey, what was your theory of cosmopolitanism again?

Mr K: Well, it has two parts.

The first part conforms to the commonly held, but in fact false, Hobbesian liberal assumption that we’re essentially selfish and mutually antagonistic, hence we have to be coerced into maintaining mutual non-interference.

But the second part holds for our real nature as persons with dignity, inherently worthy of respect, and capable of autonomy.

Under the false Hobbesian liberal assumption, my cosmopolitanism says that all nations should try to form a world-federation, stop fighting wars, create a permanent peace, and establish international courts of justice.

But under the true non-Hobbesian, non-liberal assumption about our real nature, my cosmopolitanism says that we should because coercion, which treats people as mere means and as things , in fact, as machines, is rationally unjustified and immoral, because not only do such states systematically coerce their citizens and other people all around the world, but they also systematically frustrate our true human need to live and travel all over the earth, like happy nomads — in a post-state world, and then more generally , as Diogenes the Cynic said, like.

Mr N: Whoa. That sounds like to me.

Mr K: Damn straight it is.

Mr N: And when you said “citizens of the cosmos,” you meant a cosmopolitan philosophical and political social anarchism that isn’t merely worldwide, but also encompasses the entire natural universe, K-dude?

Mr K: Double damn straight I did.

Where they talked philosophy with cis-sized philosophers from many different countries, near to where Leon Trotsky was brutally murdered by Stalin-era communist ultra-statists.
Later, as per the above, just hanging out at a Cantina, with music and happy cis-sized people , including some philosophers from many different countries — who were also just hanging out.
With a happy cis-sized Mexican philosopher at the Cantina.
With two other happy cis-sized philosophers at the Cantina. The one on the left is from a neoliberal democratic nation-state that’s controlled by an oligarchy consisting of corporate capitalist plutocrat racist technocrat war-mongering xenophobes with bad hair; and the shaft of light on her face indicates the existence of a brilliant philosophical thought-in-progress.

Mr N: Wow. This is awesomely awesome philosophical fun.

But while we’re still minimally sober, I wanted to ask you about the conditions under which everyone might be able to begin to move towards that amazing post-state worldwide and cosmic ethical community?

Mr K: Well, we just have to find ways to deconstruct and dismantle states and state-like institutions, step-by-step, while at the same time — also step-by-step — systematically replacing them with non-coercive social institutions for our mutual aid, guided by the universal moral principles of our worldwide and cosmic ethical community.

So I’m not a cosmopolitan socialist or social anarchist, like, say, “Leo” Trotsky or “Mike” Bakunin — on the contrary!, I’m a cosmopolitan social anarchist.

How cool is that?

And do you realize how amazingly lucky we are to be only 3.5 inches tall and finger-puppets, because

Mr N: So this cosmopolitan philosophical finger-puppet life is just like an anticipation of , isn’t it?

The Biggies don’t know how easy it would be!

All they have to do is imagine being 3.5 inches tall, with no shit jobs that they have to do, and fuzzy little bodies like ours, traveling freely across all borders inside Biggie backpacks, meeting amazing new folks, and seeing amazing new places.

Then they can sit down somewhere, anywhere, read our books, think lots about them, talk about them with friends, share some of our best philosophical ideas with others living all over the place, then dare to think, choose, and act for themselves….

In a nutshell, all they have to do is imagine !

Mr K: This really IS the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

On the flight back.
Goodbye for now, lovely Mexico!

NOTES

[i] See, e.g., P. Kleingeld, (Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press, 2012), esp. chs. 4 and 7.

[ii] See M. Kuehn, Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press, 2001), p. 213.

[iii] See, e.g., G. Santayana, (London: J.M. Dent & Sons/New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1915), available online at URL = <https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Egotism_in_German_Philosophy>.

[iv] See, e.g., Wikipedia, “The Influence and Reception of Friedrich Nietzsche: Nietzsche and Fascism.”

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