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Nothingness and DesireA Philosophical Antiphony$
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James W. Heisig

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780824838850

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824838850.001.0001

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Nothingness and Desire

James W. Heisig

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter displaces moral principles and decision from moral reflection and relocates them at the intersection of nothingness and desire. The intention is not to displace the moral subject from moral philosophy. To do so would be to deny the fact that only human beings are possessed of a subjectivity capable of overriding the drive of instinctual desires. Rather, the intention is to define a perspective within which the subject is not viewed primarily as an agent of free will while maintaining its role as an instrument of the good. It is not that we need to stop talking about having a choice among conflicting desires. The point is that the stress on individual freedom to will one's actions and the primacy of place given to motive can be made subservient to a renunciation of the desire to exercise personal freedom of choice in the name of a deeper, unelected desire for convivial harmony.

Keywords:   nothingness, desire, morality, love, religion, happiness, moral philosophy, convivial harmony, free will, freedom

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