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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


Articles
· 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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· 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

· Happy Hour at Hiro's South Beach

· Rename Arthur Godrey Road Jackie Mason Boulevard

· Notice of Incompetence

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Actor and Patient
7/23/2006 5:04:00 PM
More on the difference between what happens to a person and what a person does....

More on the Difference between Actor and Patient

We conceive of a difference between what happens to a person and what a person does, the two directions or moments of action, which in relation defines the personís personal direction, as it were. Yet, despite our conceptual division of the activity, between actor and person, there remains an actual unity of action or locus of effect within the person, who is at once actor and a patient. That is to say that the human being is a dynamic subject or active person in which the two modes or moments of activity, action and reaction, occur and are experienced. Although the person may be subject to an external action, there would arise no perception of the difference between external or internal without its internal effect. Therefore we give primacy to the activity within the person regardless of its apparent source, for its ultimate source, as far as we are concerned, is within. In any case, the subject is given priority over objective circumstances for the sake of personal dignity. A certain degree of superiority or arrogance must be assumed by the person in order to exercise some control over her circumstances and hence survive. Given the fact that she is not strictly governed by instinct, hence is not for the most part an animated machine, she must stand up and place her head in the heavens in order to successfully proceed with her projects. Otherwise it is a matter of indifference whether the objective sphere, which the idealists think is illusory, is derived from the subjective ideality, which they believe is reality; or vice versa. In reality they are one, and it is our dichotomy that is illusory but necessary to achieve our end as human beings or persons.

 

 



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More Blogs by David Arthur Walters
• Grasping Aire - Tuesday, February 16, 2010
• 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 Ricoeurís 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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