Re: [Sartre] Re: This is peachy!!!!
- The bus example? Is this why owning a personal automobile is often seen and advertised as an increased measure of freedom? Philip is right, I think, when he describes the comparative ambit of Sartrean freedom as really quite finite and limited. Sometimes, the only freedom we have is how we will think of things and what meanings we will ascribe to events. But if we have that freedom, then we have virtually infinite freedom. Whether anything in the universe has any meaning is entirely up to us.
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Sent: Wednesday, April 03, 2002 4:04 PM
Subject: [Sartre] Re: This is peachy!!!!
Philip, contrary to what Biggie thinks, I see promise in your theory.
The business about the bus being late is a subtle, but important
point. All you need to add is that box within the box, the one that
needs breaking out of, and it will fly. My first impression on reading
it is that you are trolling.
--- In Sartre@y..., George Walton <iambiguously@y...> wrote:
> As a philosopher, you'd make a great bricklayer. Why?
> Because words are to bricks as ideas are to walls. I
> will teach you the difference between thinking and
> collecting thoughts, if you'd like.
> No charge, of course.
> --- binarydarkfall <proton12@h...> wrote:
> > A new theory!!! Yes of mine...that was inspired by
> > the readings of
> > J.P. Sartre on Existientialism. Remember a long time
> > ago I brought my
> > deterministic theory and you guys basically told me
> > to go take a hike
> > and come back once I read some philosophical text.
> > Well now I have,
> > and I am back with my revised theory of determinism!
> > I'll try to explain this breifly since I am grounded
> > from the computer now and really not supposed to be
> > on.
> > Ok, on the macroscopic level, the world retains
> > determinism. However,
> > to each individual, we are free within a nice box.
> > You see, I'll
> > explain this first person view. To me, all of you
> > and the rest of the
> > world are is a bunch of equations and variables I
> > have no control
> > over. The only thing I seem to have control over is
> > myself. It still
> > started from the deterministic begining but because
> > I have the
> > ability to think in advance and analyze the factors
> > around me I
> > become a micro laplace's demon capable of making
> > slight free choice
> > riding the wake of the past.
> > Yet, you too, are alive and sentient, and to you,
> > you are the only
> > will capable of shaping your life as it is,
> > otherwise it goes along a
> > direct determined path of others. Yet, if this is
> > true for all of us,
> > we eventually fall into the randomness within chaos
> > and it is truely
> > all determined from the begining because a creator
> > observer would see
> > all of us as a factor equation.
> > I got the light bulb flash in my head of this idea
> > from J.P. Sartre
> > when he said the only thing we know we can count on
> > is the will of
> > ourselves, and therefor its worthless to worry or
> > think of any other
> > force anything you can control, because you cant.
> > Unless by direct
> > intervention, which requires a direct act by
> > yourself based on
> > analyzing the surroundings.
> > What happens, happens wether you fret or not, ur bus
> > is not going to
> > arrive any earlier just because you will it to
> > unless you make direct
> > intervention and call the bus company and tell them
> > to hurry there
> > ass in which case they would probably call you a
> > lunitic but the fact
> > is you tried and excercised your free will. But the
> > world does not
> > revolve around us as we like to think, we are alone,
> > and must be
> > responsible for our each individual microcosm of
> > existance. The only
> > will we have is the will of ourselves, otherwise the
> > world will
> > determine us totally.
> > I repeat again, cause i know i have done a bad job
> > explaining:
> > 1. We each live out our own microcosm of free will
> > that is due to
> > sentience gained after our deterministic start of
> > comming to being -
> > AND- the ability to conject possibilities for the
> > future of our being.
> > 2. This is not an excuse for narcissisism, as you
> > must realize
> > although everyone else is JUST a variable to YOU,
> > they ALSO see the
> > world from a same concious point of view and are
> > equally sentient
> > just not in your plane of thought.
> > 3. An outside force (Aka god) would see all of us
> > and the world as an
> > equation, thus we are ultimatly determined when
> > looked at in the
> > grand scheme of things. Determinism has an order to
> > it the smaller
> > you get the more free will u seem to have but the
> > less you have in
> > reality to the rest of the universe and compared to
> > infinity we have
> > no free will and are totally determined. Ah-
> > eurika..!juicy theory eh?
> > Uh, I think i did a really crappy job at explaining
> > this, but hey
> > this is my first draft here. and I got a time limit
> > or else i'll be
> > banned from the computer for another eon or two...
> > long story, i was
> > a bad boy and my parents arent happy ok ;-)
> > -Philip
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