Ep86-The Nature of Being in the World-Fire on the Horizon-Ch 12

Show Notes:

The Nature of Being in the World

We are all tempted to hide ourselves from accountability for our freedom. We are all tempted to try to use our life circumstances to create a story of ourselves that absolves us from accountability for our choices.

According to Kant, our knowledge of the world known through our senses is a world of phenomena. Phenomena are things as they appear to our senses rather than as they are in themselves. We never experience anything as it is in itself, but only as we interpret it through our senses. Kant does not deny that there are things in them- selves (or as he calls them, noumena). However, we can never know things in themselves through sense experience because to know through experience necessarily entails that we bring ourselves to the experience.

Kant held that for persons to be morally responsible, they must be able to do other than they in fact do, for ought implies can. If I blame a person for doing an act (such as robbing the 7-Eleven of a Mars bar), then I imply that he could have refrained from doing so and should have done something other than what he did.

 The second way of being in the world is to live in the world of things.

Molested girl story-jerk driver

our present battles are really just a continuation of the past—the same old problems and experiences keep getting repackaged and re-presented to us to experience over and over again.

when I treat others as a mere object to manipulate for my purposes—and not as ends in and of themselves—I create a cause-effect relationship which devalues both of us.

But how does the person who has entered the world of things, and become a mere thing as a result— a mere effect of all prior causes in the world—ever escape the overwhelming effect of causal determinism?...The relationship with God has been severed—how do we heal it?


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