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Musings on Plato, Heidegger, and Strauss

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• Is the world eternal? YES
• Do humans have contra-causal free will (i.e., can humans do otherwise)? NO
• Is beauty in the eye of the beholder? YES
• Do humans have souls? YES
• Are there natural rights? YES
• Is it morally permissible to eat meat? NO
• Is the unexamined life worth living? NO
• Is truth subjectivity? YES
• Is virtue necessary for happiness? YES
• Can a computer have a mind? YES
• Can humans know reality as it is in itself? YES
• Is hell other people? YES
• Can art be created accidentally? NO
• Can we change the past? NO
• Are numbers real? NO
• Is it always better to know the truth? YES

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1 Comment

  1. Sandi says:

    Apparently Heidegger either changes his tune by his 1942-43 lectures on Parmenides or he has been poorly interpreted. In these lectures he asserts that only when the “concepts of ‘people’ and ‘folk’ are founded on the essence of subjectivity and ego…[that only] when the truth of beings as a whole, has been founded on subjectivity” can the concept of “nation” have historical relevance. He continues saying, without this subjectivity, “the foundation of the concept of a people, cannot [even] be thought.”

    This just does not sound like the words of a nationalist to me. Perhaps he, like Heisenburg, Schrodinger, and even Descartes said what they had to in order to conceal their true opinions by virtue of their desire to just continue their personal quest for truth without the unwanted distractions of persecution and censorship.

    Honestly I know more about Heidegger’s philosophy than his personal life. Maybe he was a Nazi, but based on his later writings, clearly, he changed his mind.


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