Roberto Mangabeira Unger Famous Quotes & Sayings

11 Roberto Mangabeira Unger Famous Sayings, Quotes and Quotation.

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So we must run back and forth between these two suns in our firmament - the presentiment of death and awareness of life - and avoid being transfixed by either of them. If we are lucky in this uncertain middle distance, we may form attachments and projects that enhance the sentiment of life. However, even as we try our luck, death comes to us, and brings our experiment to a end. Roberto Mangabeira Unger Sayings: So we must run back and forth between these two suns in our firmament -
If the self remains in its citadel, anxious to control and heavily defended, it declines in the sources of vitality. To lay the citadel open, however, is to court danger: a danger inseparable from the enhancement of life. Roberto Mangabeira Unger Sayings: If the self remains in its citadel, anxious to control and heavily defended, it declines
The power worship of the Promethean amounts to a travesty of the enhancement of life. Roberto Mangabeira Unger Sayings: The power worship of the Promethean amounts to a travesty of the enhancement of life.
Hope is more the consequence of action than its cause. As the experience of the spectator favors fatalism, so the experience of the agent produces hope. Roberto Mangabeira Unger Sayings: Hope is more the consequence of action than its cause. As the experience of the
Our dominant idea about the mind fail to recognise the conflict between the two sides of the mind - the mind as machine and the mind as anti-machine, delighting in its powers of combination and transgression. They fail as well to appreciate the extend to which the relative presence of these two sides of the mind is influenced by the organisation of society and of the culture, with the result that the history of politics is internal to the history of the mind. In these as in many other respects, our beliefs about ourselves resist acknowledging the relation between our context-shaped and our context-transcending identities and powers. Roberto Mangabeira Unger Sayings: Our dominant idea about the mind fail to recognise the conflict between the two sides
The road back to reality, we suggest, begins by making two affirmations about nature: the uniqueness of the universe and the reality of time. These together have an immediate consequence which is the central hypothesis of our program: that the laws of nature evolve, and they do so through mechanisms that can be discovered and probed experimentally because they concern the past. Roberto Mangabeira Unger Sayings: The road back to reality, we suggest, begins by making two affirmations about nature: the
In such a view, time is not emergent. It is, in fact, the only aspect of reality that cannot emerge from a more fundamental background. We register its reality, always and everywhere, by recognizing the differential character of change: some things change relative to other things. However, the kinds of things that there are also change, and so do the ways in which they change. That is what time is: the transformation of transformation. Roberto Mangabeira Unger Sayings: In such a view, time is not emergent. It is, in fact, the only aspect
The combination of our mortality with our groundlessness imparts to human life its pressing and enigmatic character. We struggle to in our brief time in the midst of an impenetrable darkness. A small area is lighted up: our civilizations, our sciences, our loves. We prove unable to define the place of the lighted area within a larger space devoid of light, and must go to our deaths unenlightened. Roberto Mangabeira Unger Sayings: The combination of our mortality with our groundlessness imparts to human life its pressing and
He faces the burdens of belittlement a third time as he grows older, and settles into an existence that he has embraced, or that has been forced upon him. A carapace of routine, of compromise, of silent surrenders, of half-term solutions, and of diminished consciousness begins to form around him. He turns himself over to the rigidified version of the self: the character. He begins to die small deaths, many times over. He fails to die only once, which is what he would desire if he were able fully to recognize the value of life. This third encounter with belittlement reveals belittlement for what it in fact is: death by installments. Roberto Mangabeira Unger Sayings: He faces the burdens of belittlement a third time as he grows older, and settles
Our desires are insatiable. We seek from the limited the unlimited. We must fail. Our insatiability is a third incurable defect in human life. Roberto Mangabeira Unger Sayings: Our desires are insatiable. We seek from the limited the unlimited. We must fail. Our
They [Americans] believe that the terrors of vast problems yield to the effects of many small solutions.

Use little things to break big things, says Saint Paul, describing an essential feature of the psychology of hope.
Roberto Mangabeira Unger Sayings: They [Americans] believe that the terrors of vast problems yield to the effects of many