This quantity attracts a balanced photo of the Rationalists by way of bringing their highbrow contexts, assets and whole variety of pursuits into sharper concentration, with no neglecting their center dedication to the epistemological doctrine that earned them their conventional label. the gathering of unique essays addresses issues starting from theodicy and early glossy song thought to Spinoza’s anti-humanism, usually seriously revising very important facets of the obtained photo of the Rationalists. one other vital contribution of the quantity is that it brings out elements of Rationalist philosophers and their legacies that aren't in most cases linked to them, similar to the venture of a Cartesian ethics. eventually, a robust emphasis is put on the relationship of the Rationalists’ philosophy to their pursuits in empirical technology, to their engagement within the political lifetime of their period, and to the non secular historical past of lots of their philosophical commitments.
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This would allow them to put forth all their energy without holding back, achieving joy combined with material results. People were allowed and encouraged to find the work that suited them best, often trying out various types of tasks and endeavors until settling in on a field or career path that felt right. Because no one used or needed money for their life on The Farm, the concept of starting or running a business did not enter most people’s minds. They worked at tasks that supported the community, and if this also provided a way to generate revenue for The Farm, so much the better.
Buses would need gas every day. Buses would break down and need new parts. People living on the road needed food. All this took real money, and as the mobile community began to crystallize apart from the support system that had flowed so easily in the city, the connection between work and sustenance was seen as a vital relationship on the path to enlightenment. 35 36 ◆ The Farm Then and Now After entering a new city, groups of people would knock on doors seeking employment of any kind. Young, eager and with only a shortterm commitment, the enthusiastic workers were able to experience the fruits and rewards of their labors, gaining the understanding that work could be seen as the expression of love and that money could be transformed from the root of all evil into the material manifestation of energy.
A consitutional committee was created to establish bylaws that would outline the rights and responsibilities of the members. These included standards of behavior and the process for confronting someone who had violated the bylaws to the degree that their membership status could be revoked. When The Farm was founded, Stephen had established the concept that the community would be based not on rules but instead on shared agreements. The idea behind this was that rules were set by an established authority, which conflicted with the general attitude of hippie philosophy that rules were meant to be broken.
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