[ExI] agency-based personal identity
thomas at thomasoliver.net
Tue Jun 26 20:18:09 UTC 2007
Jef Albright wrote:
> [...] I felt compelled in the sense of
> expressing my values, making the world a little better, rather than in
> terms of any (clearly non-existent) contract or other form of
> As for the possibility of pedagogical condescension and resultant
> offense implied in your statement, I had no such intention whatsoever,
> and as I indicated, my contributions to the public discourse are with
> our few hundred lurkers in mind.
Well, see what you get for using me as your example? : ) I admit
you have a great touch with hypersensitives, such as I, once you know
with what you deal. I can't seem to help liking you even when you
> [...] intelligence, mutual respect and good humor for granted, not
> ongoing reinforcement and reassurance. In this regard, with certain
> individuals, I am clearly lacking.
Ironically, this prompts me to thank you for your extra effort on my
behalf. I enjoy practicing routine appreciation almost to the point
of distraction. It certainly pays off in my personal life. Enough!
May I appeal once again to your tour guide compulsion? What makes a
vague abstract entity more extensible and coherent than a concrete
expression of will as the source of personal identity? -- Thomas
Thomas at ThomasOliver.net
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