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MIT4_607F09_lec05 - 4.607 Thinking About Architecture In...

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4.607 Thinking About Architecture: In History and at Present Instructor: Prof. Mark Jarzombek TA: Ana María León M: 9.30-12:30 LECTURE NOTES: OCTOBER 13 If Plato is the prime example of a metaphysical argument and Nietzsche the philosopher who tries to break us from the hold of metaphysics (i.e. our ‘obligation’ to ‘the good’ and its project of demoting our humanity), we have to fill the gap by returning to the Enlightenment. Is a anti-metaphysical architecture possible? If so, should it be resisted? The return to language of “tradition,” “culture” and “vernacular” are forms of such resistance. Should these in turn be resisted? LOCKE In opposition to the hierarchical metaphysics of Plato and Medieval and Renaissance theology, Locke proposed a Law of Nature that, though divine in origin, was not metaphysically based, but outside the bounds of good and evil. The Law of Nature does not impose the language of violence and rupture on society. It sort of ‘is.’ For Locke, this means that we are constructed from a tabula rasa and thus born free. As a
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