Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An inherent or intrinsic power of acting or moving.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The quality or state of being self-active; self-action.
“It will be, as a German peace activist once put it, "the spontaneous self-activity of the masses.”
“If we're going to have 100 demonstrations and vigils in 100 cities on the day of the President's speech, there will have to be a significant contribution from what a German philosopher once called "the spontaneous self-activity of the masses.”
“It rejects the goal of taking state power and sets forth the objective of building a horizontal network of centers of self-activity.”
“How can we make and remake our own nature within historically specific conventions of capitalist society such that we can make this self-activity a revolutionary force to dismantle capitalism itself and create the conditions for the development of our full human potential?”
“How can we materialize our self-activity as a revolutionary force and struggle for the self-determination of free and equal citizens in a just system of appropriation and distribution of social wealth?”
“The rhetoric is intermittently at a fever pitch or impenetrable, but the path to ratcheting things up turns out to be overgrown and still tangled; none of the questions raised is illuminated (I still want to know how to de-commodify my subjectivity, how to materialize my self-activity), and the rare attempts to actually undertake a Marxist analysis of U.S. or global society are disturbingly off.”
“There is an enthusiastic devotion to certain principles of lofty theory in the abstract — principles of self-activity, self-control, intellectual and moral — and there is a school practice taking little heed of the official pedagogic creed.”
““Fichtean philosophy is a call to self-activity,” insists Novalis (FS #567).”
“It's the self-activity of autonomous (and thought form transcending) ISness, and the same thing is true for all living.”
“Nowing is the self-activity of that which is already the case and the unclassifiability of this realness may be a limitation for thought, but not for the realness.”
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