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Short Stories
· I Was A Frustrated Newspaper Columnist

· I Was A Crack Adding Machine Operator

· Whom God Hears

· On The Immortal Story

· The Honor System for Parolees

· Doctor Sagwell

· My Career as a Manhattan Liquor Inspector

· The Underbed

· The First Time I Ran Away From Home

· Kimberly Reagan Sanchez Immigrates


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· Vituperative Recriminations

· A Meaningful Life

· Fear and Love and Doom

· Introduction To The Word God

· Boredom Can Kill

· The Great Hypocrisy of Office

· Universal Reasoning

· Spinoza's God

· Tolerance

· The Poetic Genius of William Blake


Poetry
· Mother Charlotte Watches Over Us Still

· Sisyphus

· Certainly Heroes Must Exist

· What Hath God Wrought?

· Shekhinah

· Derridada

· St. Louis Arch

· Follow Your Heart

· My Cold Dutch Wife

· Antonia

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· Marco Rubio - Republican Font of Youth

· Free Speech in the Public Interest

· King Philip Levine of Miami Beach

· Press Trial of Miami Beach Code Compliance

· Black & White Distinctions in South Beach

· Black Week Scare Lingers in Miami Beach

· Miami Beach Mayor Obscene Propaganda Organ

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Something Happens to Her
7/20/2006 5:01:21 AM    [ Flag as Spam or Inappropriate ]

She is not altogether patient

Activity and Passivity are Momentous

 

A woman acts and something happens to her – she is an actor and a patient. That is, something happens in and to her. It is the coincidence of activity and passivity that determines her course of action. The person is the subject both of the action within the person and without or external to the person; on the one hand the subject acts, and on the other hand the subject is subjected to external forces - something happens to the subject. Since there is no freedom without some related order or context of action; since there is no freedom without freedom from something; since there no freedom without resistance to that freedom; - the willing or free subject is in part objectively determined. Activeness and passiveness, then, are conceptually the so-called two moments or directions of human dynamism. In dialectical terms, we say that the thesis of the subject is subjected to its antithesis, and in this greeting the dynamic subjective synthesis of the two-in-one activity persists. Of course the human subject has her particular unity by virtue of her will, as an individual in confrontation with her surround. The individual as such by virtue of its very existence would blindly persist forever, but since the willing individual is not absolute and has its finite existence only in context of timespace, it persistence can only be had temporarily and by compromise with the general surround. A society is bound by individuals in mutual promise. Together, in common, human society has its being. The coincidence of that general being and the existing individual is a person. Although the person has identity in compromise with other persons, she is unique as the unique coincidence of universals – that is, although she shares certain qualitative universals with others, she is peculiar in the unique combination of those qualities; furthermore, irrespective of those qualities and despite her unique perspective on the surround, she is virtually identical to other individuals as an individual per se if not in the blind tendency of individuals to definitely persist – in that sense the individual is a so-called category of one, but is not as such a human being



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More Blogs by David Arthur Walters
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• This Lying World - Wednesday, February 10, 2010
• Metaphysical Nothing - Saturday, February 06, 2010
• The Subject - Friday, October 30, 2009
• The Natural Man - Friday, October 30, 2009
• Life is Becoming - Friday, October 30, 2009
• The Helium.com Scheme - Saturday, May 09, 2009
• Time is a waste of time - Thursday, October 16, 2008
• Bank Run - Thursday, September 18, 2008
• cHaNGe - Friday, September 12, 2008
• To Hell with CHANGE! - Monday, September 08, 2008
• Ms. Bloghog Strikes Again! - Friday, September 05, 2008
• Change - Tuesday, January 29, 2008
• Note on the Nature of Mysticism - Sunday, October 21, 2007
• Native Americans - Saturday, April 28, 2007
• Fascism is not a rational ideology - Saturday, April 21, 2007
• Self-Certainty and Self-Doubt - Friday, April 13, 2007
• Arguments - Thursday, February 08, 2007
• Absolute Faith - Thursday, January 04, 2007
• Faith In Nothing So To Speak - Tuesday, January 02, 2007
• the little hitler in everybody - Wednesday, December 27, 2006
• Saint Paul & Thomas Hobbes - Friday, December 08, 2006
• A Unique Coincidence - Saturday, December 02, 2006
• Paul's Success Was a Miracle - Monday, November 27, 2006
• Prophecy Old And New - Wednesday, November 08, 2006
• Thought For Food - Monday, October 30, 2006
• Paul Ricoeur’s Personal Anthropology - Friday, September 15, 2006
• What's Happening? - Tuesday, August 08, 2006
• Actor and Patient - Sunday, July 23, 2006
•  Something Happens to Her - Thursday, July 20, 2006  
• The Fact of Consciousness - Saturday, June 17, 2006
• Fact as Event - Saturday, June 17, 2006
• Sensation, Perception, Conception - Saturday, June 17, 2006


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