Gilbert NMO-Morris


Morris' main concern which leads him to the deepest philosophical questions is the stability of human value; which, fundamentally makes him an ethicist. He has written: "I was raised in a devout household. Now in philosophical terms, I remain in the neighbourhood, but I occupy a different house. And when I speak of ethics, I speak between two or perhaps three impossibles: a). St. Paul's admonition in Romans 7:7 "I had not know sin but for the law'; b). Wittgenstein's refrain in the Tractatus-Logico-Philosophicus: "Whereof I cannot speak, thereof I must be silent" and finally, Kierkegaard's proposition concerning a faith that lies beyond the ethical. Together these animate my thoughts and my pen. However, they have meaning for me, only within an ontology provided by Anaximander in his final fragment: "At the point at which things have their origns, thereto they have their decline; and all things shall pay a recompense for their injustice, according to the ordinance of time".

Anaximanderian ontology says that nothing remains dominant indefinitely. It suggests that there will be recompense for all forms of domination, no matter how benign. How then, do we live in such a context and keep what Morris calls this "existential imperative" before us? Morris argues that his "three impossibles" are the means. When St. Paul says "I had not known sin....", Morris takes that to mean that "before and beyond law" is the conscience "from whence human value is derived and in which it is maintained".

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The Triptych Papers: Lectures in Post-Colonialism, Creolisation and the Epistemologies of Displacement
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 31,170. Language: English. Published: December 10, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Civilization
Post-Colonialism is revealed as "backward looking"; as tending to read its anthropology against the sociology, economics and history of which it escaped in Colonialism. In the Triptych Papers, Morris explores the problem of post-colonialism and argues that there is a value in the situation or anthropology - which is to say the life-world - of the post-colonial which he or she is apt to overlook.

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