Wrestling with Metaphysics

As I read more about Idealism and Realism within philosophy, I find myself increasingly concerned with my reactions to metaphysical arguments. I can't help but find many to be futile speculation that can never hope to be proven. Some even try to reason out the behavior, structure, or existence of things the thinker even acknowledges can't be accessed by human beings.

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Does the "Individual" Person Exist?

For my PhD, I've been reading a lot of books.  Currently, I'm working through a selection of texts analyzing Kant, Hegel, and Bakhtin. One of the issues I need to tackle in an upcoming short paper is the idea of dialectic versus dialogical discourse. The way I've been seeing, based on Bakhtin's work, it is that the dialectic approach requires a set 'end' to be held for the discourse and the job of the author/teacher/thinker/etc is to guide you to that point through a discourse-based approach with more than one view being worked with. This is a great model and echoes Socratic method in a big way.

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