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    Wisdom Begins with Awe.Roshnee Ossewaarde-Lowtoo - 2020 - Algemeen Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Wijsbegeerte 112 (3):291-305.
    In the present essay, wisdom is conceived as the basic knowledge that underpins all forms of humanising knowledge and the striving for justice. The idea of wisdom as indispensable to all human endeavours is one that can be found in the works of Plato and Cicero. In ancient writings, we also see that wisdom is traditionally opposed to hubris. Hence, following Gabriel Marcel, the quest for wisdom can be regarded as an antidote to practical anthropomorphism. Consequently, I argue that the (...)
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    Rousseau’s Antidote to Egoism.Roshnee Ossewaarde-Lowtoo - 2019 - The European Legacy 25 (1):20-37.
    ABSTRACTOur contemporary culture has been labelled as one of “greed.” Our challenge, it is argued, is even more formidable if we recall Rousseau’s argument that it is the desire for esteem and fame that is the driving force of modern societies. This striving for recognition is the direct offspring of l’amour-propre, here translated as egoism. Contemporary economic systems thrive on this corrupted form of self-love, which is often sugarcoated as ambition, or even courage and vision. The development of l’amour-propre can (...)
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    Reckoning with Evil in Social Life.Roshnee Ossewaarde-Lowtoo - 2017 - International Journal of Philosophy and Theology 78 (4-5):373-381.
    ABSTRACTAny conceptualisation of evil, arguably, has to empower us to resist or transform it in our lived worlds. The latter concern motivates this paper much more than a thorough analysis of evil itself. Drawing on Jewish and Christian thought, I tentatively consider evil as resulting from the incomplete or failed cultivation of the humane. Along this line, evil is the opposite of humanity; it is the antihuman, the subhuman, or the demonic. Gratuitous violence, hatred, resentment, and malice manifest this dark (...)
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    Hoe effectief is een pleister op een etterende wond?Roshnee Ossewaarde-Lowtoo - 2017 - Algemeen Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Wijsbegeerte 109 (4):463-467.
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    Sicut Dei as Our Moral Vocation: Paul Valadier’s Rethinking of Nietzsche.Roshnee Ossewaarde-Lowtoo - 2013 - International Journal of Philosophy and Theology 74 (3):196-213.
    In recent years, codes of ethics have been introduced in the banking sector and academia, or have been modified in reaction to recent developments and scandals; earlier on, bioethics commissions were set up to reflect on the ‘ethical’ implications of the so-called ‘sixth technology revolution.’ Yet, this frequent reference to morality and ethics by politicians, managers, medical professionals, technologists, scientists, and lobby groups is quite disquieting. Such moralism, it is argued in this article, not only misunderstands and overshadows the nature (...)
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