The World Beyond your Head
On Becoming An Individual in An Age of DistractionBook - 2015
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P. 27 The philosophical project of this book is to reclaim the real, as against representations. That is why the central term of approbation in these pages is not "freedom" but "agency." For it is when we are engaged in a skilled practice that the world shows up for us as having a reality of its own, independent of the self. Reciprocally, the self comes into view as being in a situation that is not of its own making."
P. 76 Whether you regard it as infantile or as the highest achievement of the European mind, what we find in Kant are the philosophical roots of our modern identification of freedom with choice, where choice is understood as a pure flashing forth of the unconditional will. This is important for understanding our culture because thus understood, choice serves as the central totem of consumer capitalism, and those who present choices to us appear as handmaidens to our own freedom.
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