By John Jervis
This booklet offers the main concise, obtainable account but on hand of recent Western cultural and social explorations of 'other' varieties or elements of lifestyles which are devalued or coded as unacceptable, even unthinkable, within the sleek ethos.
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Extra resources for Transgressing the Modern: Explorations in the Western Experience of Otherness
The word haecceitas (or heccelte, what we are translating as "haecceity") was coined by John Duns Scotus (ca. 1270-1308) to refer to an individual essence or "thisness"—what haecceitas means literally. 76. " 42 LEIBNIZ: BASIC WORKS DISCOURSE ON METAPHYSICS 43 differ only in number [solo numero],77 and that what Saint Thomas asserts on this point about angels or intelligences (that here every individual is a lowest species)78 is true of all substances, provided that one takes the specific difference as the geometers do with respect to their figures.
And all this already involves the idea included in this thought. T 30. How God Inclines Our Soul without Necessitating It; That We Do Not Have the Right to Complain and That We Must Not Ask Why Judas Sins but Only Why Judas the Sinner Is Admitted to Existence in Preference to Some Other Possible Persons. On Original Imperfection before Sin and on the Degrees of Grace. HERE ARE a number of considerations with respect to the action of God on human will which are so difficult that it would be inordinately lengthy to pursue them here.
Since this is so, we can say that the nature of an individual substance or of a complete being is to have a notion so complete that it is sufficient to contain and to allow us to deduce from it all the predicates of the subject to which this notion is attributed. An accident, on the other hand, is a being whose notion does not include everything that can be attributed to the subject to which the notion is attributed:4 Thus, taken in abstraction from the subject, the quality of being a king which belongs to Alexander the Great is not determinate enough to constitute an individual and does not include the other qualities of the same subject, nor does it include everything that the notion of this prince includes.
Transgressing the Modern: Explorations in the Western Experience of Otherness by John Jervis