-There is an inherent contradiction in advancing both rationalism and individualism. Rationality requires abstraction and therefore indifference to individuals.

-The self is not merely opposed to the abstract or scientific but also overcomes it. Is my abstraction abstract or particular? If not abstract, it is not an abstraction; if not particular, it is not mine. It is just this sort of existence that allows selves to have a shared life that mere particular things without selves cannot have. At the limit of this sort of existence, there is absolutely nothing of the self which is not shared with the other: the person just is the relation of the paternity, filiation, coming forth.

Narrative vs. logos. or narratio vs. ratio. Narratio is non-repeatable. The reason of the individual. You can tell me your story but not a you-theory… whatever that would be… John Smithology I suppose…



  1. William Farris said,

    January 4, 2016 at 6:01 pm

    Assume I am the only thinking, rational individual existing in a given possible world. Can I not be both abstract and individual? The first premise seems, in light of this, a non sequitur.

    • January 4, 2016 at 6:53 pm

      An individual does not become an abstraction when no one else is around.

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