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gary e. davis
May 11, 2017
 


Who doesn’t desire happy self efficacy. Having happy self efficacy shows a living conception of one’s life that’s flourishive. Though a happy life’s conception may be only implicit, it’s always open—I surmise (true for me)—to gaining clarity of itself (articulation of its self-conception, the durability of its happiness). Call it also the good life; it expresses a discernible conception of being well. Happy lives enjoy openness to better appreciation of being in itself (nebulousness welcomed here), including prospecting better futures.

Non-attentional (“out of mind”) efficacy of psychality—horizoning all kinds of implicit intelligibility (phenomenal, project-ive, reflective)—shows in terms of one’s world. Being wholly alive is curious, loves venturing, enjoys being well, and shapes selfidentity in balance with interpersonal life. Begenic Selfality (capped) expresses a life phenomenally, enactively, and reflectively.

Selfality is distinguishable from self (non-capped) by the inworldness of selfidentity, of being well through futural temporalization of appealing “things”: futural interests that enrich a present, leading times that enframe days, kindredness with others that grounds and orients, tangibles that self-display, horizons that inspire...

Flourishing Self/self-differentiality can sustain self/[inter]personal dailiness by easy flow of purpose and cohering, across days into eras of one’s life. Such life/world interplay of self-differential being expresses a telic cohering of being.

This renders a sense of living conception that implies the begenic capabilities that form apt concepts (in the sense of enstancing and enframing understanding). Such a conception as concept is, then, trans-conceptual relative to a normal sense of ‘concept’. Yet, the begenic primacy of living conceptions implies that normal concepts are derivative, even “abstracted” relative to one’s alive cohering of being (especially when they’re about tangibles). That is, normal concepts (enstancing and enframing) trope a begenic conception—generative Selfality—of good telic cohering. I’ll call this living conception c-conceptuality, whose tokens name a begenic conception.

A mode of c-conceptuality was explicated in great analytical detail some years ago by Ruth Garrett Milliken, as a “capabilitist” conception of basic concepts [citation]. This can be made practically congruent with Martha Nussbaum’s career-long focus on capabilities in her philosophical politics of human development [citation].

 

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