Measuring the Horizon: Objectivity, Subjectivity and the Dignity of Human Personal Identity

DOI: 10.4236/ojpp.2013.34A006   PDF   HTML     4,395 Downloads   5,764 Views   Citations


It is argued in what follows that “culture warfare” is symptomatic of an imminent threat to the continued sustainability of human culture as a whole. The nature of this threat can be characterized as trauma induced paralysis of the human cultural imagination, without which cooperative adaptation to potential credible dangers of self-induced species or even planetary life extinction is impossible. The structure of this paradoxical “possible impossibility” as the destiny of humanity is examined here within the context of an interpretive framework which is broadly characterized as “cultural genetics”. On the basis of a schematic and preliminary outline of that framework, a suggestion is made regarding the direction in which hope of avoiding that destiny might be sought.

Share and Cite:

Ambrosio, F. & Lanzilao, E. (2013). Measuring the Horizon: Objectivity, Subjectivity and the Dignity of Human Personal Identity. Open Journal of Philosophy, 3, 32-40. doi: 10.4236/ojpp.2013.34A006.

Conflicts of Interest

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.


[1] Bernstein, R. J. (1983). Beyond objectivism and relativism: Science, hermeneutics, and praxis. Chicago: University of Pennsylvania Press.
[2] Camus, A. (1955). The myth of Sisyphus. Hamish Hamilton.
[3] Collins, F. S. (2006). The language of God: A scientists presents evidence for beliefs. Simon and Schuster.
[4] Dawkins, R. (1995). River out of Eden: A Darwinian view of Life. London: Weidenfeld and Nicholson.
[5] Dawkins, R. (2006). The God Delusion. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.
[6] Gadamer, H. G. (1975). Truth and Method. New York: Seabury Press.
[7] Gadamer, H. G., & Fantel, H. (1975). Problems of Historical Consciousness. Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal, 5, pp. 8-52.
[8] Giordano, J., Benedikter, R., & Kohls, N. B. (2012). Neuroscience and the importance of a Neurobioethics: A reflection upon Fritz Jahr. In A. Muzur, & H.-M. Sass (Eds.), Fritz Jahr and the Foundations of Integrative Bioethics. Münster; Berlin: LIT Verlag.
[9] Hegel, G. W. F. (1812-1816). Wissenschaft der Logik. Schrag, Nürnberg.
[10] Hegel, G. W. F. (1910). The phenomenology of mind. London: Schwann Sonnescheim & Co, The Mac Millan Company; New York.
[11] Kant, I. (1914). Critique of judgment. London: Mac Millan & Co.
[12] Kuhn, T. S. (1962). The structure of scientific revolution. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

comments powered by Disqus

Copyright © 2020 by authors and Scientific Research Publishing Inc.

Creative Commons License

This work and the related PDF file are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.