By Michael A. Weinstein
A philosophical essay on own advantage of strength of will, artistry, and love. a latest account of the way advantage could have importance in a global that has misplaced the knowledge of universal and collective meanings. the writer stresses the significance of the solitary self in a society whose nice philosophers equivalent to Rene Descarte, Rodolph Otto, Nietzche, and Aristotle are dedicated to the neighborhood. it is very important remind ourselves that the person is the resource of all business enterprise, all pleasure, all agony.
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It is not characterized by multiplicity but by a unity of conscious presence constituted by the act of gathering oneself into one's focal point of awareness. The substantial self regards the overego as an incident in its adventures, though one that is consubstantial with it and, after discipline, authoritative over it. It is guided by a compassion toward suffering and by a ruthlessness toward adversity.
Values are for a self and are actualized within a moment. That glory in struggle and seeking of difficulty to work beyond it is a kind of virtue of virtues. It should be particularly encouraged in women who need it more than anyone else in a competitive and indifferent society. In the other direction the virtues form an order of perfection, love fulfilling artistry by providing it with an appreciator and an appropriator, and artistry fulfilling selfcontrol by giving it an occasion for concrete exercise.
Page 25 teristic of it to prominence by basing it substantively on a descriptive psychology of the finite self and on a dualistic vision of life (mysterium tremendum et fascinans). But we are eventually losers, and after years of trying to absorb the wisdom of resignation I am still unreconciled to the defeat, though its inevitability becomes ever clearer. My aim is to defend life by describing what can be good about it, always keeping in mind its utter misfortune and the evils attendant on that misfortune.
Finite perfection : reflections on virtue by Michael A. Weinstein