The empirical sciences make assumptions that they are not themselves capable of justifying. Philosophy justifies those assumptions; that is its job.
Even though the world is governed by laws, human beings are able to be free. In fact, there is no difference between being genuinely free and having a distinctively human psychological architecture. But self-deception and rationalization can result in the replacement of actual beliefs with operational pseudo-beliefs. When this happens, the result is a sociopathic pseudo-person.
Various thoughts are stated and developed as to how to improve oneself and as to the nature of the forces, both internal and external, that prevent one from doing so.
"bitter, cynical, never boring"
Kuczynski's works are difficult and are likely scare off listeners who are not already familiar with their contents. For this reason, the following summaries of Kuczynski's works are likely to introduce many people to this scholar's work and, thereby, to introduce them to the many powerful intellectual traditions of which Kuczynski is either exponent or critic.
"the work of an actual genius"
A case is made that so-called international law is law in name only and, moreover, that although bona fide international law is theoretically possible, it would not be desirable.
"cogent and beautiful"
In this book, each of the possible positions concerning the relationship between mind and body is clearly explained and thoroughly critiqued. It is concluded that, although mental events are identical with physical events, mentalistic statements are not equivalent with physicalistic statements.
"clear, thorough, powerful"
A discussion of the psychological underpinnings of anorexia and other psychological morbidities
©2016 J.-M. Kuczynski (P)2016 J.-M. Kuczynski
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