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Is It Really Better To Give Than To Receive? (Not If Your Friends Know Where To Shop!) = آیا واقعاً بخشش(دادن) بهتر از گرفتن است؟, Stephen Richard Palmquist Jan 2015

Is It Really Better To Give Than To Receive? (Not If Your Friends Know Where To Shop!) = آیا واقعاً بخشش(دادن) بهتر از گرفتن است؟, Stephen Richard Palmquist

Department of Religion and Philosophy Journal Articles

The common saying, “it is better to give than to receive”, is so widespread that its truth is often merely assumed. But can this maxim withstand a careful analysis? The relevant concepts (“giving”, “receiving”, and “better”) can be interpreted in too many ways to discuss thoroughly in a single essay. Instead, this essay classifies the various ways of interpreting the distinction between giving and receiving, then explores in depth one of the options, based on a pivotal distinction between active and passive types of both giving and receiving. I defend the controversial claim that there is at least one important ...


What Is Kantian Gesinnung? On The Priority Of Volition Over Metaphysics And Psychology In Religion Within The Bounds Of Bare Reason, Stephen R. Palmquist Jan 2015

What Is Kantian Gesinnung? On The Priority Of Volition Over Metaphysics And Psychology In Religion Within The Bounds Of Bare Reason, Stephen R. Palmquist

Department of Religion and Philosophy Journal Articles

Kant’s enigmatic term Gesinnung baffles many readers of Religion within the Bounds of Bare Reason. This study clarifies the notion in Kant’s theories of both general moral decision-making and specifically religious conversion. It is argued that Kantian Gesinnung is volitional, referring to a person’s principle-based choice to live a certain way. More specifically, interpreted as principled ‘conviction’, Kantian Gesinnung is a religiously manifested, moral form of Überzeugung (‘convincing’). This is confirmed by a detailed analysis of the 169 occurrences of Gesinnung and cognate words in Religion. It contrasts with what is suggested by translating Gesinnung as ‘disposition ...


Twelve Basic Philosophical Concepts In Kant And The Compound Yijing, Stephen Richard Palmquist Jan 2015

Twelve Basic Philosophical Concepts In Kant And The Compound Yijing, Stephen Richard Palmquist

Department of Religion and Philosophy Journal Articles

This is the third in a series of articles that correlates Kant's architectonic with the Yijing's sixty-four hexagrams (gua 卦). Previous articles explained “architectonic” reasoning, introduced four levels of the “Compound Yijing,” consisting of 0 + 4 + 12 + (4 × 12 = 48) gua, and suggested correlating the fourth level's four sets of twelve to the four “faculties” in Kant's model of the university. This third paper examines the philosophy faculty, assessing whether the twelve proposed gua meaningfully correlate with twelve basic philosophical concepts that Kant introduces in his three Critiques. A key differenceemerges: Kant's architectonic method ...