Wednesday, February 1, 2012
My Critique of Philosophy part 1
"His central belief was that philosophy, and society as a whole, was preoccupied with what it is that exists."
DUBIOUS. I DOUBT MOST PEOPLE THINK THAT MUCH. UNLESS YOU MEAN INTERACTING
WITH AND UNDERSTANDING HOW IT WORKS, LIKE OBJECTS, CARS, TOOLS, ETC.
"His belief was that we find ourselves "always already" fallen into a world that already existed."
WELL OF COURSE.
"But he insisted that we had forgotten the basic question of what it is to exist, of what being itself is. This question defines our central nature."
NONSENSE. IT DOES NOTHING OF THE SORT. OUR CENTRAL NATURE IS WHATEVER IT
IS, REGARDLESS OF WHAT QUESTIONS WE ARE ASKING ABOUT IT. AND TO EXIST IS
TO EXIST. AS DISTINCT FROM NOT EXISTING. REALITY VS. FANTASY.
"He argued that we are practical agents, caring and concerned about our projects in the world, and allowing it to reveal, or "unconceal" itself to us. He came to believe that our
proactive interference and manipulation of reality is often harmful and hides our true being as essentially limited participants, not masters, of the world which we discover."
AH, A TEACHER OF PASSIVITY. NO WONDER HE LIKED THE FUERHER PRINCIP AND SO FORTH.
HOWEVER ACTIVE AND AGGRESSIVE THESE PEOPLE ARE, THEY ARE ESSENTIALLY SELF
DEFINED AND PROCLAIMED TOOLS OF A MACHINE, A LEADER, ETC.
"Heidegger wrote about these issues in his best-known book, Being and Time (1927), which is considered to be one of the most important philosophical works of the 20th century."
SO MUCH THE WORSE FOR THE 20TH CENTURY.
"Heidegger's views have implications beyond philosophy, in literature,psychology, theology and artificial intelligence."
NO WONDER WE ARE SUCH A MESS.
"He remains controversial due to his membership of the Nazi Party and statements in support of Adolf Hitler, for which he never apologized or expressed regret."
GOOD REASON TO REEXAMINE HIS IDEAS IN TERMS OF WHAT THEY MIGHT PREDISPOSE US FOR.
A book that does this is