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The following post first appeared as a comment at the SOLOPassion.com forum.
J, I’ve seen you refer to Peterson as having Kantian stylings. This is true in the most general sense, meaning that his basic fundamentals, analyzed through the Plato-Aristotle-Kant metaphysical/epistemological division, are Kantian.
What Peterson’s approach ultimately is though, more specifically, is something called phenomenology, a philosophic method created by the psychologist/philosopher Edmund Husserl. His influence has been profound on all ‘Continental’ philosophy, in primis on the ‘Existentialist’ school of philosophy, and on the ‘Gestalt’ school of psychology.
I am surprised nobody else seems to have picked this up, but I am in the position of having studied phenomenology first hand at the University of Milan, so the recognition has been fairly obvious to me after having listened to this panel.
Phenomenology is first and foremost a metaphysical/epistemological method as developed by Husserl, and he himself never really labored to discover its ethical applications. However, Heidegger first and Sartre second have used the method to reach ethical conclusions.
I hear echoes of primarily the Existentialism of Sartre in Peterson, which in turn echo the proto-Existentialism of Nietzsche and Kierkegaard. The primary objects in questions I see are what we would call ‘the nature of Man’, ‘the nature of existence’, and ‘the nature of knowledge’.
I will now sketch a brief picture of what that means, but keep in mind I will be simplifying the material into broad essentials. I will try keeping to Kantian and Aristotelian terminology, when possible, in order to make it intelligible, which I assume most of us here are acquainted to.
First of all, the phenomenological method can be thought of as an investigation into the a-priori structures of consciousness.
What is found is an axiom familiar to us, namely that consciousness is always consciousness-of ‘something’. Reality is thus always given to us in this form of a something-for.
What this brings us to is the concept of ‘transcendental phenomenology’, namely how reality ‘takes form’ in its manifestation to our consciousness. This fundamental assumption gives rise to the erroneous view that it is consciousness that ‘gives form’ to reality, and not the other way around.
You can think of it this way. The phenomenologist/existentialist can come to recognize that existence exists and that consciousness exists, but what he lacks is the brilliant realization from Rand that existence is identity and consciousness is identification.
For the phenomenologist/existentialist existence is an unknowable indefinite or, as Peterson might call it, a ‘chaos’ to be ordered. Thus consciousness creates its very own ‘ontological niche’ (or metaphysical backyard) based both on its a-priori structures and its structural ‘freedom’ or ‘will’.
For the Aristotelian/Objectivist, existents possess form which consciousness identifies, hence consciousness is identification. On the other hand, for the Kantian/Phenomenologist, consciousness by recognizing reality gives it form which in-itself it does not possess, hence consciousness is a ‘form-giver’.
Peterson almost ad litteram fuses Husserl and Sartre when he speaks of a ‘landscape of possibility’ which manifests itself in front of consciousness. A something-for filled with possibilities-for, and when the for-itself (consciousness) acts, Peterson says: “the action of our soul determines the actuality of existence”. This is to be taken both as an ethical and metaphysical statement, the two are intertwined within this framework.
Later on he again uses phenomenological terminology when he speaks of existence ‘revealing’ itself. He says: “the set of facts that reveal themselves to you, are dependent on your values”. Again, this is both a metaphysical and ethical statement. Think of it this way: ‘form is given to chaos according to my values’.
Another object of relevant discussion is Peterson’s view of the ‘narratives’ driving the subconscious, and the metaphysical ‘superficiality’ of consciousness as opposed to it. He says, echoing Nietzsche in this case, that consciousness is a ‘thin layer’, and that what lies underneath it is fundamentally unknowable. I’ll leave this topic for another time.
Harvard hospital Dr. Betsy Nabel explained to the Boston Globe why she god rid of white old men luminaries from her hospital’s amphiteater? Yes, really.
Sense of Life Objectivists mirror: http://www.solopassion.com/node/10709
May 2018 update on current political events from an Objectivist perspective.
What happens when identity politics is actually a clash of civilizations, not simply cultures.
Italian Populism, The League and the Five Star Movement. President Mattarella in defense of the EU, refuses euroskeptic (eurosceptic) minister. Populism grows in new elections.
America and identity politics. What happens when American (Western) civilization becomes a subset culture in its own territory, a part of the whole and no longer the starting point. Implicitly Western and white Republican party. Minority averages and the minority within the minority which we want.
Tommy Robinson and the clash of civilizations within the UK (Great Britain).
The European Union’s social engineering and the real threat to Liberty. National populism and sovereignty.
Sense of Life Objectivists mirror: http://www.solopassion.com/node/10697
The following post originally appeared on Sat, 2017-06-17 at SoloPassion.com
Let’s make it clear: Ayn Rand and contemporary leftism do not share in cultural marxism. Objectivists who do, we shall henceforth designate as Obleftivists.
This “self-identifying as…” business is not compatible with Objectivism, with reality, with logic. Man as a being of self-made soul on the other hand refers to your chosen values, your goals and achievements, your moral character.
Furthermore, the New Objectivists must avoid associating with SJWs and cuckservatives. The New Objectivist will have open dialogue with the New Right in all its incarnations; the new counter-cultural movement which is taking over America and the West.
Why are people attracted to the New Right? Because they offer a worldview which recognizes basic metaphysical reality as objective, with certain specific attributes which are to be recognized, not tossed aside solipsistically in the name of ideology.
You can find more on this in the video below, and as a special addition you also get to meet Kylo the pupper.
The following post originally appeared on Thu, 2017-06-15 at SoloPassion.com
“Going Galt” is no longer solely about taxation, regulations, economics in general.
The issue today is that of culture. The Filth have occupied all key strategic cultural vehicles, and they are fully intent on the destruction of their cultural enemies.
Their enemies are all those who have not fallen for their false promises of “equality”, “fairness”, and all the other leftist euphemisms for total state control. Their enemies are all those who hold what used to be considered standard, common sense views. They are those who still believe in logical discourse, in the power of reason. All those who still believe that the universe is governed by laws, not chaos. All those who believe that human nature is not infinitely malleable, but has a specific identity which must be recognized and respected.
As you rightly point out Linz, The Filth’s enemies, The Sane shall we say, are those who were the most tolerant and open to the cultural fringes, where today’s leftism used to reside. They still now call for tolerance, for understanding, for coming together.
What tolerance should be granted to the intolerant? What understanding can be reached with those who have abandoned logic?
What coming together should occur with people that I wouldn’t trust my dog with?
Wasn’t civilizational progress meant to be a progress towards ever more privacy? What is privacy if not separation?
It’s becoming more and more clear that the enemy we face are uncivilized brutes; or more precisely they are a de-civilizing force of self-decivilized brutes.
Separation in everyday life means not associating with these people, it means condemning their ideas and behavior, it means confronting them when necessary. It means exposing their true nature to all those who are still naive enough to believe in their cover-up euphemisms and double-speak.
Separation in politics means recognizing that civilized people must defend themselves from brutes, that they must progress towards privacy, that they should not simply ask to be left alone; the civilized should make the brutes leave them alone, by keeping them off their property, off their land governed by law and not chaos.
Fortunately the recognition of the Filth for what they are is well under way, in the form of derision. More and more of the Sane are rightly making fun of their uncivilized opponents. They are deriding their insanity. They are calling out their ideologies for what they are: mental disorders.
We should focus on exposing the fifth column of Filth that inhabits the West, and keep them from getting islamo-marxist reinforcements from abroad.
In other words, let’s stop them from destroying us. Let’s stop enabling their parasitical nature. Let it be Rearden-time, let’s properly loathe those who have sucked the life out of us in the name of their thrist for destruction masquerading behind euphemistic double-speak. Rearden separated from his family, we must separate from our Fake News media, our anti-West education system, our traitorous political class.