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Alschuler hits the nail of valuelessness right on the head:
Although Alschuler clearly admires the clarity and force of Holmes' vision, he takes on each of these four ideas, and makes a strong case that they, more than any of Holmes' other contributions, began the unnecessary decline into valuelessness.
Based on a review and synthesis of definitions, descriptions, and literature on dispiritedness, the tentative criteria distinguishing the phenomenon of dispiritedness were: a sense of meaninglessness, purposelessness, and valuelessness in one's life; a sense of hopelessness and disconnectedness; dysphoria; a loss of will, energy, and vitality; feelings of low spirits, dejection, and lost enthusiasm (Bugental, 1980; Bugental & Bugental, 1984; Jourard, 1971).
How the poem vibrates among the particular and the abstract, inverting questions of value and valuelessness.
The underlying valuelessness of American education - an obstacle to the intelligent use of scarce resources and a root cause of drug problems - really didn't come up.
Article 149, the first article of part 3, the whole of which purports to examine "Particular Passions,"(95) deals with "supernatural evaluation," esteem and contempt which, insofar as they are passions, are caused by opinions of the same sort, and are inclinations that the soul has for representing to itself the value or valuelessness of the thing, the inclination being caused by a particular motion of the spirits conducted to the brain.
They claim nature's amorality, valuelessness, and purposelessness, including that of biological and animal life, and assert humans' rightful and pragmatic dominion over nature and animals.