Toward Contemporary Standpoints
Significant New Standpoints (Haltung): Contemporary Lacuna

“It is not the “factual” interconnection of “things”, but rather the conceptual interconnection of problems, which forms the basis for zones of inquiry. A new science emerges where new problems are pursued by new methods and truths are thereby discerned which open up significant standpoints.” -- Max Weber

A contemporary anthropology emerges where problems are parameterized, operationalized and composed (veridiction), on a plane of immanence, thereby opening up significant standpoints (Haltung), from which judgments can be discerned (Ethos) .


Parameters for a pragmatic anthropology = Veridiction + Haltung + Ethos

Ethos & Veridiction


Evaluations, in essence, are not values but ways of being, modes of existence of those who judge and evaluate, serving as principles for the values on the basis of which they judge. This is why we always have the beliefs, feelings and thoughts that we deserve given our way of being or our style of life. —Gilles Deleuze


In Dewey’s view, it is judgments, not propositions, which are warrantably assertable or not; and judgments are essentially rooted in concrete actions in the world insofar as the consequences of such actions serve to decide their warrantability. —Tom Burke

Attitude + Moving Ratio

Thinking back on Kant’s text, I wonder whether we may not envisage modernity rather as an attitude than as a period of history. And by “attitude,” I mean a mode of relating to contemporary reality; a voluntary choice made by certain people; in the end, a way of thinking and feeling; a way, too, of acting and behaving that at one and the same time marks a relation of belonging and presents itself as a task. A bit, no doubt, like what the Greeks called an ethos.

-- Michel Foucault

Just as one can take up the “modern” as an ethos and not a period, one can take it up as a moving ratio. in that perspective, tradition and modernity are not opposed but paired: “tradition is a moving image of the past, opposed not to modernity but to alienation.” The contemporary is a moving ratio of modernity, moving through the recent past and near future in a (nonlinear) space that gauges modernity as an ethos already becoming historical.

—Paul Rabinow

Collaborative Composition

What's the form?

Moving ratios of Modern and Contemporary Ethos

1. Modern: Maternal protectionistic moralism + Heroine-ization
Contemporary: Neutral + Plastic (attractiveness)

2. Modern: Heroic Sociology + Paternalistic Medicine (which entails forms of heroism, not intervening)
Contemporary: Proleptic+ Sozein

3. Modern: Heroic + Irony
Contemporary: Restive + Recalcitrant