perfectibility


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the capability of becoming perfect

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Kant is also rightfully credited with envisioning the League of Nations, 150 years before its applicability, and on the surface, the quest for these democratizing common values is a quest for the perfectibility of humanism, in the shared recognition of our humanity and understanding of our ways of being, but only some were human and Black lives didn't matter.
Their lack of sophistication upends material perfectibility, exposing it as kitsch and hiding its true existence.
This type of recording can, through the aid of electronic technology, provide the perfectibility, which is the goal of any artist.
Calling upon the nation to live up to our children's expectations by explicitly referring to nine-year-old Christina Green, who was killed while participating in Congresswoman Gabrielle Gifford's "Congress on Your Corner," Obama sounds the teleological theme of perfectibility, essentially asking us to "work toward America's telos by enacting the democratic process" (p.
4) Where perfectibility names a diachronic principle of gradual progression through which an individual casts aside his or her dependency on institutions, justice synchronically grounds this movement towards a society in which "immutable reason is the true legislator" (PJ 1798, 1:221).
The Kantian and proto-anthropological stances on human progress through cultural membership each argue in their own way for the idea of human perfectibility.
46 Finally, there is Mill's utopianism, his belief in the perfectibility of man and the indefinite progress of society.
However, these modern ideas of progress, perfectibility, and medicine's pending triumph over disease adversely affected the medical profession's ability to deal effectively with the influenza pandemic of 1918.
The first four chapter focus on Rousseau's Discourse on Inequality and considers Rousseau's conception of nature and society as a discursive construct, human perfectibility and lack, antagonism and social cohesion, democracy as an ethos.
Titled "Practical Epistemology: Life in the Studio," that lecture enumerated the rules of his process: 1) the filmstrip's potential movement both forward and in reverse, 2) "the utopian perfectibility of the world in reverse," 3) the performance of this recognition in the tension of the body as the artist makes the leap of transformation.
Nature from this point of view is a filthy disgusting mess that needs Man to shape it into something "reasonable" and "rational"; our natural state is merely a stop on the road to some unspecified perfectibility, which is where technology comes in.
By contrast, Confederate nationalists saw their own society as ordered, balanced, and harmonious with no illusions about mankind's perfectibility or confusion about women's role.
Despite the difficulty of this ongoing project of human perfectibility, moderation is a demanding but forgiving taskmaster (at least in comedy), requiring in the case of failure that we aim better the next time.
A Utopian belief in the perfectibility of humanity suggested to right-wing critics, particularly those coming out of the Christian tradition, that the left and its attempt to remake society failed to acknowledge the fallen nature of mankind.
183) And its ultimate winners were those who held similar "classical liberal precepts of individual freedom, human perfectibility, progress, tolerance and the role of the modern state in the formation of a unified nation.