Today, members of the ReligiousRight ask themselves, "Are we good because we abstain from thethings that ordinary folks do, or because we do good to others?"Folly: Too many to count.
In that light, the final word must be that it was the metaphysical and moral of Kant and Fries, however imperfectly they understood its proper, liberal application, that statists and collectivists like Hegel, and his spiritual descendants, with Marx or even the so-called "Pragmatists," such as John Dewey and Richard Rorty, in American philosophy, found the most objectionable.
In a way, Sir Karl, this may actually make it important to consider his thought and its implications, along with the cluelessness, folly, or viciousness of his apologists.
Any sin of Fries pales besides the folly and moral corruption revealed by this statement, from a man who participated in the regime he extoles and who had had twenty years to reflect on the crimes against humanity that it had committed.
This from a man who fled Hitler's Austria to Palestine, who witnessed the Arab Revolt of 1936 (which means that people were killed right in front of him), and who joined the to fight Germany during World War II -- incongruously carrying around a copy of Leonard Nelson's , a practice that must have looked very odd to his fellow sailors.
The common recommendation, that Judaism be eliminated, expressed by Kant in the chilling term "the euthanasia of Judaism" (), at the time meant the moral and practical conversion of the Jews to either Christianity, honest labor, or Enlightened, rational sentiments, which would eliminate Judaism entirely as a religion, a culture, a way of life, and a distinct community.
[Immanuel Kant, «Anthropologie», , Herausgeben von Wilhelm Weisschedel, Suhrkamp Taschenbuch Wissenschaft 193, Insel-Verlag Wiesbaden 1964, pp.517-518, note, color added]This disturbing and extraordinary passage not only reflects the prejudices just seen in Voltaire, but it exposes attitudes in philosophy, against (q.v.), that are not only ancient, ignorant, foolish, and dishonorable but which continue in the radicalized academy, to the corruption and harm of and political life in the advanced democracies -- contributing its own force to modern and continuing anti-Semitism, conspicuously manifest as calumnies and protests against , but with a strong undercurrent of simple hatred for capitalism, commerce, and finance, where trade and finance, practiced by anyone and not just Jews (although they are still there), necessarily exploit, defraud, rob, and oppress the innocent and helpless masses (but for the intervention of a Leninist Vanguard, i.e.
Certainly, Hegel's doctrine was agreeable and conformable to the attitude and practice of the ; and Hegel's of 1821 was widely regarded, by everyone from to , as Hegel's justification and rationalization for the regime whose employee, spokesman, and apologist he had become.
The dialectical priority accorded to Judaism, criticized by Zizek, may be seen as praise for the introduction of individualism or perhaps as blame, in retrospect, for just that introduction.
In the middle section of Encomium Moriae, Folly does nothing else." --Rebhorn
Ignorant vs Purposefully Ignorant
The self-righteous are the most guilty of using Folly.
The clergy are purposefully ignorant which is the more dangerous than simply being uneducated
Erasmus criticized the superfluous rules, regulations, and “buffoonish” interpretations of the Scriptures.
Praise of Folly book cover.
Whereas many interpret Erasmus to be ridiculing all forms of foolishness in the Praise of Folly, especially that of the Catholic Church, Erasmus conversely advocates for the acceptance of foolishness rather than attempting to do away with it.
The shift in tone of Folly's speech reveals Erasmus's true intention of criticizing all of humanity's foolishness.
Rebhorn speaks of Folly's betrayal of mankind, claiming that was her intention all along.
And by the end of the play,even audience-members who don't sympathize with him early-on willfeel disturbed by the horrible way he gets treated by the pranksters.
In "As You Like It", we hear a song:"Most friendship is feigning, most loving mere folly." Pucksees the lovers and says, "What fools these mortals be!"You can catalogue the uses of the words"folly", "foolish", and so forth, in "Twelfth Night", and/orask yourself, "Is it folly to love?