Kenneth Smith

A Quote by Kenneth Smith on philosophy, ego, and medicine

In all technai or arts (medicine perhaps most of all), there is a self-exhilaration on the part of the practitioner (the intoxication of the ego with its own potency) which is infectious:  the patient enjoys a placebo-effect which redounds to the ego of the "artist."

Kenneth Smith

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A Quote by Kenneth Smith on philosophy, illusion, and self-transcendence

As always, the illusion of self-transcendence is far more facile and available than self-transcendence itself:  in the vast majority of cases what human consciousness opens up to is merely a more encompassing form of finitude (another captivating illusion or delusion).

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A Quote by Kenneth Smith on philosophy, civilization, and ego

What passes for education, culture or maturity in most minds is merely how individuals want to think of themselves, a contrived egocentric self-concept, not actual and effective principles and values. This is what is known in the cliche as the "veneer" of civilization.

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A Quote by Kenneth Smith on philosophy

Dasein is merely "presence," a function ultimately of Heidegger's intuitivism (hence his apocalyptic and consummate capitulation to Being, which is expected to do our thinking for us while we become "most authentic" in being most receptive).  This is not philosophy, I argue, but German Catholicism married to the mass-psychology of Nazism.  Hegel has little agreement with Heidegger; I have argued they are poles apart.  Certainly Heidegger has tried in his murky and mystagogical way to "clear a path" into the way the ancient Greeks ultimately thought, but they merely become expressions of his abyss of indefiniteness, his Schellingian romanticism of Nature and God.

Kenneth Smith

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A Quote by Kenneth Smith on philosophy

Derrida like other deconstructivists is ultimately a positivist too articulate for everyone else's good.  He really cannot think about principles as such but is extraordinarily facile in rationalizing about abstractivisms, and this of course bamboozles academics who cannot think about them at all--because they are of course entirely and perfectly nestled in abstractivisms.  Derrida takes "presence" and "absence" as manipulable abstractions, Hegel wants to grasp all such topics as organic productions generated by the Nous of Spirit.  Even abstractions have a metabolic function they are performing within the tensions of psyche, ego, etc.

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A Quote by Kenneth Smith on philosophy and domination

Bourgeois society, rife with an atomism or monadism of secluded egos, is profoundly uncomfortable with topics of domination just because of the rift between how it sees itself (Kantian autonomism) and how it actually exists (pathetic prole-culture).

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A Quote by Kenneth Smith on philosophy

The anorexic is the fuse nakedly exposed to the direct power of modern media, a psyche whose wiring has no insulation.  The anorexic is an analog to the ideologue, who is likewise devoid of common sense, independent ego, culture, intuitive intelligence, etc.:  all the ideologue has to orient himself by is the formalist or abstractivist directives inlaid in modern mass-culture.  Both are forms of the True Believer, minds in whom factors of self-active life are reduced to negligibility and pathos reigns.

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A Quote by Kenneth Smith on philosophy

The ideological are individuals ultimately swamped by the complexities of modern life and political and economic relations; they have deliberately attached themselves to some caricatural maven like Falwell or Limbaugh who speaks to their manipulable pathos.  The gulf between such individuals' education or intellectual competence or information and the actual issues of our times is simply too great.  They were bred to be culture-media for false consciousness, junkies who crawl on their bellies across broken glass for another hit of "clarifying wisdom" from some ideological Pope.

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A Quote by Kenneth Smith on philosophy, hegel, and subjectivity

The problems of human subjectivity replicate themselves at many different scales, like the overtones and undertones in a stringed instrument striking ghost-intervals up and down into infinity.  This is not Hegel's ingenuity, it is his responsiveness to the organic structure in us that echoes itself throughout the whole architecture.

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A Quote by Kenneth Smith on philosophy and reason

For those who do not make the transition to a matured, more spiritual self-will reason will indeed be no more than rationalization. Here is a prodigious parallel:  just as in antiquity the dysdaimonic personality could not appreciate how his mentality was bound in by his characterological (banausic, doulic) biases, so in modernity the facile or abstractivist rationalist cannot comprehend how his "rationality" merely slavishly subserves his appetites, delusions, preconceptions, ideologies, etc. 

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