The following are my main takeaways from the video, quoting and paraphrasing the content.
Other side of Aristotle’s work: how he contributed to the
axial development of these ideas of
self-transcendence. Living up to you
self-realization, ascending through the hierarchy, until you are a fully
rational human being.
rationality is second-order thinking, stepping back and reflecting on the ways in which you are self-deceptive and you have a capacity for self-correction and
rationality is not “just being logical”.
The core motivation of
rationality is the desire to come into as deep a contact with reality as possible by those means that are as reliable as possible.
know something is to possess the same
eidos as it, to be able to make it.
con-formity is to share the same form (
eidos). When we’ve made sense of things, the pattern in our minds is the same as the pattern in the world.
know something is to be in contact with it.
participatory knowing is when I shape myself in order to know the thing and I know it by conforming to it. Intimate connection between the mind and reality. This is different from
descriptive knowing when I stand apart and I generate propositions about the thing.
There are 3 tests to determine if something was real:
world view is an account of the world and an account of how you know the world that mutually support each other in very strong bonds of plausibility. Deep bond between your understanding of your understanding and your understanding of the world.
arena is a place that is organized such that you know how to act in it. You know where things belong, what actions are appropriate, how to calibrate your performance (physical and intellectual).
To be an
agent is to be capable of pursuing your goals, to organize you cognition and your behavior so your actions fit the situation, fit the environment.
arena, each identity is determined by and determines the other.
existential mode is the process by which you are co-identifying
arena so that they fit together and make sense of each other, and you get a coherent and functioning
meta-meaning relation: if you do not have the
agent-arena relationship, then none of your particular actions have
Today we have a
scientific worldview but it gives us no
existential guidance, it does not tell us how to make our lives
nomological order is having a
worldview that is constantly affording
existential modes in which
agent-arena relationships are unfolding and blossoming naturally, so that the person is constantly experiencing a deep connectedness between their intellectual projects of making sense of the world and their existential projects of finding
meaning, belonging and fittedness within it.
To have a
meaningful life is to have a life that is situated within a
enlightenment is a project of trying to deal with threats to
meaning in one’s life.
|control, manipulation||reciprocal realization|
|solving problems||making meaning|
|e.g. having sex||e.g. being in love|
modal confusion is trying to satisfy our
being needs in the
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