By Guillermo Summers

¿Sabía usted que a John Walker le ardía los angeles cabeza de tanto pensar y que por eso inventó una cerilla a los angeles que también le ardía l. a. cabeza? ¿Sabía usted que allá por 1852 un tal Simpson (no el de l. a. tele) empezó a utilizar el cloroformo para dormir al own sin necesidad de ver los angeles tele? ¿Sabía usted que Benjamín Franklin period científico, moralista, impresor, editor, urbanista y político, pero que paradójicamente se hizo famoso por inventar tontamente el pararrayos jugando con una cometa? ¿Sabía usted que de cada a hundred inventores, 50 son los angeles mitad?
¡Bueno, pues ya lo sabe!, y si quiere aumentar sus conocimientos sobre el tema, no lo dude, hágase con este libro.

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The individual is free to revise the circumscribed genres of those narratives that formed the basis of her identity. The rules for interpretation are revised. Meanings are abandoned, old selves modified and, sometimes, cast aside. The ambiguity of social reality is acknowledged and our moral becomer sees what the Stoics first articulated centuries ago: that a wider reclaimable humanity lies beneath the overdetermined local identities we thought formed the largest layer of our essence as human beings.

There is then, from the beginning of our moral contemplation of cultures, a mystification that is indelibly linked to it. It looms over us as an impenetrable mystery that is difficult to decode and access. To tamper with the working of such a phenomenon is, in some schools of thought, to disrespect a deity whose nature lies outside conceptual comprehension. Moralists, of a certain brand, attempt to impress on us the extent to which our interpretive capacities and faculties of judgments are denuded of the requisite skills that ought to be in place for fair claims to be made, and impartial assessments arrived at.

Each and every individual for Kant is an originating source of universal human reason. What is it that makes every human being equal to every other? The fact that every human is a direct participant in a universally distributed rationality that, interestingly, is the great unifier of humankind and not the leveler. It is in reason that we find our dignity. This reliance on the inherent dignity of human beings functions as the foundation for human rights. It is what grants it moral and political legitimacy.

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