Cary Hawkins

Scottsdale, AZ, United States

About Cary

Bio

Philosophy student turned Chef only to return to the realm of Philosophy and Lacanian Psychoanalysis.

I'm passionate about

Educational Reform in the United States. Philosophy interests as follows- Marx, Hegel, Lacan, Badiou, and Zizek.

Universities

Cornerstone University

Comments & conversations

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Cary Hawkins
Posted over 1 year ago
Is it time for philosophy to do away with metaphysics?
Orlando, I would say that yes metaphysics should be off the table and indeed I believe that metaphysics is off the table. I am a firm believer that Hegel marked that end, and really with his Phenomenology of Spirit, everything after is just a repetition of an aspect of his work.
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Cary Hawkins
Posted over 1 year ago
Is Education Reform Really Possible?
Pat, I wholeheartedly agree with your statement. Indeed I believe that if we remove the department of education and allow education to be reformed than it will move further and be more successful than it currently is. I just responded to someone else that my problem is that specifically in secondary schools, all we really teach is how to regurgitate information. There is no real teaching of the concepts behind such information.
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Cary Hawkins
Posted over 1 year ago
Is Education Reform Really Possible?
Fritzie, I would argue utterly against the notion that reform is constantly taking place within the american education system. In order for that to happen there would have to be a revolution of sorts. And my issue isnt necessarily with individual schools, the system as a whole I am referring to. Take for instance, can you name more than one secondary education school that teaches philosophy? Instead of looking to develop a system where the student is considered as more of a peer whom is learning but able to develop their own ideas, we teach regurgitation of knowledge. Does this truly count as education? I would argue not only is it not education it is exactly what I am pointing to as inherently wrong in the system and why its failing. Certifications are nothing more than the regurgitation of knowledge.
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Cary Hawkins
Posted over 1 year ago
If communism was working the way its progenitors wanted it to, would it be better than capitalism?
It would appear to me that most people here perhaps may not be familiar with the entire works of the founder of the idea of communism, Karl Marx. Marx in his writing of the communist manifesto was writing a critique of the politics occurring in his time. However, one can suggest that his critique was always meant to fail as far as being an actual political system. Now for those that might say it doesn't work because of limited freedoms, to that I would argue these freedoms that you speak of in a capitalist society are inherently limited due to one freedom that limits all other freedom and that is the right to sell ones labour. The main point to keep in mind with Marx's political philosophy and system is that it is very Hegelian in nature. That is to say it is based on the dialectic, which starts from the premise of alienation of the subject. For Marx this alienation comes from the selling of ones labour in the capitalist system. And the most important part of his critique was the warning of the crises that can be caused by the capitalist system.
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Cary Hawkins
Posted over 1 year ago
Is it time for philosophy to do away with metaphysics?
I would say that this split that you are suggesting is merely suggesting a return to a pre-medieval course of philosophy. Keep in mind that science as we know it once was considered a part of philosophy. I would say that such a return is detrimental to progress for both science and philosophy. Science examines life at the micro level, whereas philosophy's role is that of the macro level.
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Cary Hawkins
Posted over 1 year ago
Is it time for philosophy to do away with metaphysics?
I would argue that metaphysics as a branch of philosophy is for the most part considered dead in most continental philosophy circles today. Mostly due to the french theorists to come about after the student revolution in france in may 1967. As far as how philosophy itself can be used to help every day situations or life, have you considered the political realm of philosophy as a starting point. If it were not for philosophy we would not have the set up of our government in the United States. Another area where I would suggest that philosophy is used in daily life and not just some sort of arm chair or academic style could be seen in psychoanalytic philosophy such as the current lacanian movement, which is used to evaluate everything from film and books down to current world events and how our relationships with our own unconscious are involved in world events, see Slavoj Zizek for such arguments. The problem with the idea of returning philosophy to the scientific method is that the concepts that are to be examined by philosophy are not always concrete ideas. I would actually argue that science itself could learn from the deconstructionists as well as post structuralists such as Deleuze when talking about the flux of life. Science tends to approach the world as though, just as in history, you can stop things and explain them fully. The problem with this concept is that life is not stationary, there is nothing in the world that is not in the flux.