By Max Stirner
The Ego and His Own, the seminal defence of individualism, colored the taking into consideration Friedrich Nietzsche, Max Ernst, Henrik Ibsen and Victor Serge, between many others, a few of whom could vigorously deny this type of impact in later years. much less reticent was once Marcel Duchamp, who defined Max Stirner because the thinker most crucial to his work.
Challenging the non secular, philosophical and political constraints on own freedom, Stirner criticizes all doctrines and ideology that position the pursuits of God, the country, humanity or society over these of the person. looking ahead to the later paintings of nihilists, existentialists, and anarchists, The Ego and His Own upholds own autonomy opposed to all that would oppose it.
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As Jon Witman remarks, Boethius makes the personification of Philosophy itself fashion the prosopon for another personification—the very personification, in fact, who is her abstract adversary. Such a “bracketing” of one figure by another tends to subordinate Fortune logically, as well as rhetorically, to Philosophy. But this ingenious philosophic strategy is itself accomplished only by means of a rhetorical amplification. 35 Indeed, this narrative and allegorical multiplication becomes a philosophical issue for Boethius at precisely the moment when Valla—and by extension, Leibniz—will later intervene in the Consolation.
However, when we turn to the contents of the conversation that Valla reports, this refusal of the dialogical form is immediately undercut. 24 Valla has Laurentius’ interlocutor Antonio say, “Do not expect me to give in to you so easily or to flee without sweat and blood,” and Laurentius responds, “Good luck to you; let us contend closely in hand-to-hand and foot-to-foot conflict. Let the decision be by sword, not spear” (DF, 163). The error of the philosopher, Laurentius holds, is to engage concepts from the safe distance of an implacable and universal rationality—whether framed by a historical reactivation of the ancients and their positions, a reliance on books and their supposedly static discursive schemata, or a tentative engagement with what he describes as the bloodless weapons of analysis and synthesis.
Providence is “the simple and immobile form of things,” a realm of pure and unchanging being, and a unified whole enfolded or implicated in the divine mind. The perspective of providence is that of an eternal system of final causes. indd 40 2/5/2010 1:37:30 PM THE ALLEGORICAL LIBRARY events as fated, by contrast, is to see them as fixed within a nexus of efficient causes, determined in their states by infinite chains of temporal consequence and eventuality. , 4, pr. 34–57). For Boethius, as one might expect, fate is ultimately subordinated to providence.
The Ego and His Own: The Case Of The Individual Against Authority by Max Stirner