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From Denial of Nebulosity to Pragmatism

Marko 2021-09-24

It would be great if society was ready for the complete stance now and started widely adopting it. I’m fairly well acquainted with this site, and I still don’t really know what the complete stance is, beyond a vague sense of rightness, I guess. I may need a refresher on the pages on the complete stance you wrote earlier.

I don’t know how well related this is, but as Robert Kegan wrote (I just started that book a little bit), the Chinese language is very process-oriented, and less worried about recognizing discrete entities. This may be why they have a easier time dealing with nebulosity, in my opinion. For the longest time growing up I was always worried about keeping everything perfectly ordered, but I realize now that there is space for things here and there for things than can be thought of as junk or out of place.

The End of History

SusanC 2021-09-28

Much of academic postmodernism was specifically against Marxism (although postmodern Marxists existed, however improbably). The meta narrative postmodernism was especially skeptical about (cf. Lyotard) was Marx’s rehabilitation of Hegel.

Then the Soviet Union died. Which may well have been a Good Thing (cf. Sellars and Yeatman), but does not look like the aversion of the nihilist apocalypse. People stopped believing in Communism too.

(As I write this, I am very conscious of the inherent contradiction in declaring the End of History to have occurred when people stopped believing in Hegel.)


SusanC 2021-09-28

“The insane man jumped into their midst and transfixed them with his glances. “Where is God gone?” he called out. “I mean to tell you! We have killed him, - you and I! We are all his murderers! But how have we done it?”

Ok, so at some points in this blog you’re role playing that guy.

Nietzsche possibly was insane: neurosyphilis or brain cancer have been theorised.

Your recent posts bring out the psychotic element in this line of thinking.

Maybe Nietzsche’s madman’s problem is not actually the Death of God, but syphillis induced psychosis, and he merely confabulates the Death of God as a false (psychotic) rationalisation of his experience.


Marko 2021-09-28

Damn, I fell victim to asking someone if they are okay when they obviously are fine today too.

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