November 11th, 2018
Adam Raposa: Idealism for Idealism’s Sake
Authority and structuralism. In relation to each other, both can be seen as complementary cousins. Aiding and abetting one another in the conceptualization and prioritization of worldly endeavours, structuralism in its sociological, anthropological, and linguistic contexts equally apply to its succedent counterpart; authoritarian hierarchy. When called into question Adam Raposa’s metaphysics lie as the roots for his politics, ethics, and epistemology. It is possible to examine many of Mr. Raposa’s more rudimentary beliefs, and extrapolate an overarching world view, which consistently produces actions and consequences in concert and constant coherence with the rest of his actions. This paper will build up from nothing his metaphysical world view, which will be further espoused by the second-half of the paper. Adam as a mild-mannered and traditionally quiet person, fancies himself as in channelling a form of stoicism. By refraining from participating much in any social event, and engaging in intellectual enrichment, Adam prefers the solace of his mind to the companionship of others. This is mentioned not as a direct indicator of stoicism, but as a demonstration of a lack of emotional and abstract enrichment. Like the stoics, Adam does not wish to react to everything life has to offer in an increasingly extubated way, rather, he wishes to calmly accept most that befalls upon him. Engaging in books, video games as a form of escapism, and sleep, Adam utilises the mediums around him as a way to channel his rarely expressed emotions. Another form of expression comes from his overtly exaggerated theatrics. These are distinguishable from his overtly dramatic and exaggerated tirades in which he employs the use of inflammatory rhetoric, elevated intensity as it applies to voice and posture, and use of cartoonish hand gestures. All drawn into a caricature, this is most obviously a channel for which Adam shows a small part of his political beliefs and identity. Although they are greatly extubated, and magnified, this may give us the clues we need to piece his political beliefs, and subsequently, his metaphysical beliefs in the process of concocting his political beliefs. When it comes to ethics, Adam is most notably deontological. His sense of virtue and righteousness is a religious one, although one that is not specified. In cases such as abortion, drugs, and government policy in regard to culture, Adam seeks the universal enforcement of his ideals. Ideals that must be adhered to no matter the outcome or the situation. This can be seen as a religious conception of life. Disregarding any autonomy of choice in the individual, as a means of producing new morality, in Adam’s world, morality is singular and universal. Subject to a universal law of some kind, Adam subjects all his rationalization under the filter of universal morality. This is where he differs from...