The World and the Individual, Volume 1

The World as Will and Representation, Volume 1
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Royce mentions Aristotle and Hegel, among others, as forerunners in this quest. While Royce could not have known, a later 20th century philosopher, Martin Heidegger, would make much of the question of Being and how, in Heidegger's view, it had been forgotten With his rationalism, Royce's answer to the question differs markedly from Heidegger's.

But it is valuable to see how much the thinkers share. Both Royce and Heidegger were heavily influenced by post-Kantian German idealism and both heavily emphasize human finitude, voluntarism -- the nature of human willing-- and the solitary, quest-like character of philosophy. Both thinkers are romantic. Readers who have struggled with Heidegger will have a good, unusual perspective for coming to Royce. Royce expounds and develops four basic understandings of being and relates them dialectically to each other -- in other words, he tries to show how each conception builds on the achievements and shortcomings of its predecessor.

Royce argues that realism involves a self-contradiction and is philosophically untenable. Most critics, including those mentioned at the outset of this review, strongly disagree. Royce's second conception of being is that of mysticism and of immediate, nonconceptual experience. While attracted to this view, Royce also finds it self-contradictory because it inadequately accounts for preexisting steps leading to the mystic experience. Royce calls the third conception of being critical rationalism which is based on concepts of truth and validity derived, for example, from Kant's critical philosophy.

Royce argues that critical rationalism lacks a realization of the purposeful, holistic character of reality. It leads to the fourth conception of being, constructive idealism. Royce says "What is, or what is real, is as such the complete embodiment, in individual from and in final fulfillment, of the internal meaning of finite ideas.

The most technical section of the book is the supplementary essay in which Royce tries to use the developments in mathematics and logic of his day to explain his understanding or a real infinity and of the relationship between a world of particulars and an all-encompassing absolute.

The book is a mix of ideas and styles. The writing can be dry, obscure, difficult, highly polemical, and yet eloquent and highly charged emotionally. A sense of individual voluntarism is in tension throughout the book with the absolutism Royce propounds. The arguments against other positions, based upon their allegedly self-contradictory character are markedly ineffective. Yet Royce succeeds in giving a sense however obscure of his own position and of its attractions in understanding being as the search for the meaning and purpose of one's life -- again a theme that would be emphasized in later Continental philosophy.

Royce's terminology, including words such as "idea", "purpose" "being", "internal", "external" "absolute", "God" and more is remarkably slippery and imprecise. It is easy to sympathize with the British and American critics of Royce and of absolutism who tried valiantly to develop standards for logic and for clarity of expression. It is also easy to understand why in the latter years of his life Royce tended to move away from the absolute idealism of "The World and the Individual".

The extent to which it persists in, for example "The Problem of Christianity", the book of Royce most studied today, is a matter for debate. It remains a difficult, obscure work read mostly by those interested in the history of idealism or of American philosophy. It is not a book for everyone or for every student of philosophy, but I found it highly moving and worth reading. In the book, Royce acknowledges the importance of the individual reader alone with oneself trying to work one's way to understanding. Regardless of whether one agrees with Royce's formulations, this book helped me understand something about philosophical thinking.

It is a valuable part of American intellectual, religious, and philosophical thought.


It is readily accessible online. Safae rated it liked it Oct 10, Rob marked it as to-read Nov 23, Simon is currently reading it Apr 04, What's fascinating is that yes, you can consider their characters parodies or critiques, but they are so believable in their own right. Compared to the millions of X-men whose characters get more generic or forced and powers more esoteric, Ellis comes along and pops out characters that just nail it. I believe in these characters. Jakita is stunning and appro Warren Ellis has the talent like Alan Moore of creating vivid, interesting characters in a medium supersaturated with tired superhero ideas.

Jakita is stunning and appropriately edgy without being obnoxious. Drums could be the weakest, but his psychic connection to electronics just works, and Elijah Snow is fascinating. At first he seems to be just grumpy for the sake of being a grumpy character, to give him lines, but it blossoms into a perfect characterization. What's refreshing about Elijah, is that he is a superhero who doesn't have all the answers. He doesn't instantly respond to a crisis with heroics as is the rule. This is a man figuring out the world, realizing there is much he doesn't know, and slowly building towards action.

That alone would keep me reading. The stories overflow with creativity, incorporating aspects of comics and popular culture in an alternate view of the past that has been kept hidden from the world at large. Ellis isn't quite as deft with this as Moore is in League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, but neither is he quite as heavy-handed or borderline pretentious and I do love Moore's work.

Reading the description for the book, it sounds like the perfect idea, brilliantly inventive and intriguing. In actual practice though, I was somewhat let down. The primary flaw is that the stories are so passive. Many people give Planetary the nod over the Authority, but at first I was blown away by the excitement of the Authority.

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The World and the Individual, Volume 1 has 3 ratings and 1 review. Robin said: Josiah Royce ( -- ) was an American idealist philosopher with a br. Start by marking “Planetary, Volume 1: All Over the World and Other Stories” as Want to Read: Graphic Novel Rea: 2nd Optional Book Club Discussion: Planetary: All Over The World and Other Stories by Warren Ellis & John Cassaday - June (may contain spoilers).

There is a similar feel to the two books, but the Authority are active superheroes. Here, Planetary are more like children being told stories. As such it was more reading a story than experiencing it. It was quite apparent to me and provided my chief dissatisfaction with this book. That being said, this is a series that builds.

Book 2 retains the passivity, but the stories go to another level, and the action begins to build.

There are some truly brilliant stories in Vol. Maybe they aren't knocking on the Watchmen's door, but they've arrived on the same street. So though I think this book 1 is a bit slow and passive, this is a worthy starting point for a fascinating series, and as such I recommend it. Mar 11, Rob rated it liked it Shelves: Still on this comics kick. Let me put this upfront: I liked this one a lot. I'm going to continue the series. I think Planetary is a bit tricky to define, at least so far. Is it a superhero series? It's hard to say, although I've heard it described as a modern update of one.

It isn't your customary superheroes-in-spandex-fight-crime deal. It isn't a black-and-white, s good-versus-evil series eith Still on this comics kick. It isn't a black-and-white, s good-versus-evil series either. The primary character -- so far, anyway -- seems to be basically an all right guy, but he isn't very friendly or charismatic, and neither are his colleagues. They all definitely have extrahuman abilities and are larger than life.

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That primary character is Elijah Snow, who can do some temperature-related things as far as I've seen -- that's one thing about at least this volume, there isn't actually all that much superpowering through things. His colleagues are Jakita Wagner, who does I don't know what apart from packing a punch and being very hard to hurt, and a guy known as "The Drummer," who has some kind of weird electrical I don't know exactly what his deal is but it does seem to be percussion-based.

All three are members of an organization called Planetary, who do a sort of clandestine traveling around the world keeping the stuff on the borders of human awareness on the right side of those borders. Motivations are as yet unclear, other than getting paid a bunch of money. Elijah Snow typically wears all white: The Drummer wears casualwear of some description.

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You're continuing to perpetuate the reputation of the genre and of the community. Issue 3 was my favorite section writing-wise. A lot of this volume is monster-of-the-week type stuff, but you can see the foundations for bigger stories being laid. Reading others' reviews, it's clear that a lot of what's going on in Planetary is an examination of the history and tropes of past comics. For someone like me, with only a passing familiarity with the medium, the experience will necessarily be different than for a long-time comics reader who's better equipped to know what themes and references Ellis is playing on.

Oct 18, Zedsdead rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Ellis and short story fans. A series of single-issue strange tales, told through the eyes of three post-human investigators. Planetary refers to itself as "mystery archaeologists", seeking to unearth the secret history of the 20th century. Jacinta Wagner, the leader and basically Superwoman; Elijah Snow, a recently recruited year old hermit with thermal abilities; and The Drummer, a free spirit who communicates directly with technology perhaps the tapping of his drumsticks represents zeroes and ones?

The A series of single-issue strange tales, told through the eyes of three post-human investigators. Reminds me of Bullets, which also began as a series of loosely connected independent stories before coalescing into a central narrative. I'm not sure how I feel about Planetary yet. Short stories usually aren't my thing, but I'm intrigued enough to move on to v2. I enjoyed the artistic attention to detail. In one issue Wagner leaps from a hovering copter. From far above we see tiny twin impact craters where she's standing, but they're de-emphasized and easy to miss.

Feb 05, Kirsten rated it really liked it Shelves: This was a ton of fun. I felt like I "got" the concept of Planetary much better than I did with the last collection I read, probably because this is the first collection. My current favorite line: Why do I have to say 'get off the unique and probably alien living plinth that zaps the unwary'? What is wrong with my life that I have to say these thing This was a ton of fun.

What is wrong with my life that I have to say these things out loud to someone who's been in Planetary that long? Jan 21, Timothy Boyd rated it liked it. A nice different type of superhero team. Working behind the scenes they solve the odd problems of the world most people never see or know about.

Very good art and story. Jun 14, Quentin Wallace rated it it was amazing. What a cool series. I remember reading some of this when it first came out but I never got around to finishing the series, which I plan to do now. Planetary is a group of superpowered researchers. There are four members, but we only are introduced to three, all of which we know every little about, including just what exactly all of their powers are.

Along the way the team meets a group of pulp heroes based on Doc Savage, The Shadow, Airboy and others who end up battling a group based on the Justi What a cool series.

Along the way the team meets a group of pulp heroes based on Doc Savage, The Shadow, Airboy and others who end up battling a group based on the Justice League in order to save the planet. Then they find an island inhabited by giant monsters that suspiciously resemble Mothra, Godzilla, King Ghidorah, Rodan and more. There's a hong kong cinema inspired issue involving the ghost of a cop in Hong Kong. Then we meet what amounts to an evil Fantastic Four which I think are the main villains of the series.

And the thing is, even with all of that information it's still not really spoilers because this information is just the tip of the iceberg. The art by John Cassidy is great and the story is high level sci fi but not quite "hard" enough to lose the average reader. Just a really well done series. If you are fan of comics and pop culture, you'll find something to enjoy here.

Jan 04, Bryan rated it really liked it Shelves: I was excited to finally be able to start this series through the use of the Hoopla app, which I've only just now become familiar with. Overdrive users will be familiar with its function; though it focuses more on comic books and audio books and rather than having only a copy or two available necessitating wait lists you are allowed a monthly borrowing limit of 6 books. This was a promising start to the series. A team of archaeologists known only as Planetary consisting of Elijah Snow - love t I was excited to finally be able to start this series through the use of the Hoopla app, which I've only just now become familiar with.

A team of archaeologists known only as Planetary consisting of Elijah Snow - love that name, Jakita Wagner, and The Drummer attempt to uncover the secret mysteries of the 20th century, as they investigate and deal with the myriad possibilities of the multiverse.

Planetary, Volume 1: All Over the World and Other Stories

It raised a few interesting questions almost immediately like who the heck the third member of Planetary before Snow was, and what happened to him and also suggests at a bigger narrative to come. Looking forward to diving into the other volumes. May 09, Summer rated it really liked it Shelves: Planetary has a fun concept but it is hard to get into and the main protagonists are honestly a little bland.

Nevertheless, the explanations and explorations it gives for some of the world's biggest mysteries makes it worth reading and thinking about. It's like all those childhood urban legends and stories finally coming true. May 24, Lloyd rated it it was amazing Shelves: The "high concept" of this book is nothing short of breathtaking.

It is that our trio of heroes in Planetary, an international organization, are "archaeologists of the impossible". What does that mean? Ellis has taken on burrowing through years of pop culture in the form of a comic book. We meet characters that oddly resemble familiar faces mostly of the comic book variety and find out where they're hidden, their secrets, and their "true" histories. Ellis also has sprinkled in bits of commentary about these characters, some of the ideals their creators had in mind while producing them, and the ramifications of their existences.

This book deals with the world of pop culture as though it's really happened and digs beneath its surface, looking for all the nasty little hidden things. Though I think Ellis has said that this series is NOT meant to be like "The X-Files", the protagonists dig their way through individual landscapes and beings very much like Mulder and Scully in this first trade. There are all sorts of revelations and many unexplained, enigmatic findings. Truly an experience rather than just a work of fiction I recently managed to finally get the fourth of four volumes of this series, so I opted to reread the whole thing from start to finish.

The basic concept is good: All manner of different sci-fi, fantasy, or pop literature more or less happened and gets its own lawyer-friendly spin within the pages of the comic. Volume One, for example, brings in pulp heroes like Doc Savage here Doc B I recently managed to finally get the fourth of four volumes of this series, so I opted to reread the whole thing from start to finish.

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Part of the fun is figuring out who the different characters are standing in for what other fictional characters. Volume One acts mostly as a six part introduction. Each chapter can sort of stand on its own, but reading them all at once difficult to do given the gaps between later issues provides for a deeper pleasure at seeing the entire narrative. Oct 09, Mark rated it really liked it Shelves: This TPB collection Vol. Ellis is essentially trying to create a "Grand Unificiation Theory" for the entire corpus of 20th Century popular culture, from pulp heroes and monster movies, through Sherlock Holmes and James Bond, to the Fantastic Four and Hong Kong police movies, with dashes of all kinds of things like Aboriginal creation myths and string theory thrown in for fun.

The chameleon-like John Cassaday's polished pictures pull the whole thing together. The movie RED is based on his graphic novel of the same name, its sequel having been released in summer Warren Ellis is currently working on a non-fiction book about the future of the city for Farrar Giroux Straus. Warren Ellis lives outside London, on the south-east coast of England, in case he needs to make a quick getaway. Other books in the series. A number of content areas already familiar to developmental psychologists are discussed: Piaget's theory, perceptual development, socialization, and language acquisition.

In addition, topics relatively unfamiliar to American psychologists are included: Volume II, Social and Environmental Issues, considers the effects of changes in social and environmental conditions upon individual development.