The case for metacategorical transcendence

One interesting and important finding that I derived from my categorical research is that we need to differentiate not just people but their mental structures from their own categorical specifications of these structures. The Diagram shows that there are a priori structures into which we are all born, and yet you can see that each individual within these structures is unique and differentiated from others. This comes from the fact that each individual creates their own categories (ideas) that they develop on their own and due to influences or inspirations from others. However, we need to notice that these internal distinctions of categories are not, in fact, categorical and therefore not a priori as Kant argued. I am writing this in order to show that the distinction of structure versus category (a form of content) is more important because it is a priori in regard to distinctions of categories within each individual’s philosophical worldview. Continue reading

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Transcending Objectivism and Kantianism

As can be seen with an old popular thread I started on Objectivism online forum, I am very interested in putting side-to-side various philosophies, even before I learn that some of them cannot be thoroughly compared! So I would like to find out whether it is even possible to conceive of transcending Rand’s worldview with that of her well-known ‘archenemy’ – Immanuel Kant himself. I’ve spent the last two years trying to figure out this big conflict in contemporary philosophy by studying Kant’s philosophy and debating Kantians, especially on Philosophy forums, which are now, unfortunately, non-operational. So what are some ideas that I’d like to put forward to initiate this discussion? Continue reading

A debate with libertarians

One of the most inspirational political thinkers and someone who positively commented on my economic theory[1], Foster Gamble (categorized as int8), has recently claimed on his blog that Stefan Molyneux (categ. mat8), a well-known libertarian and YouTube celebrity, is “arguably history’s most advanced philosopher.” Gamble, himself an avowed libertarian and anarchist, has been inspired greatly by Molyneux, but Gamble’s beginning was not in imitation of Molyneux’s views like it is today. In 2012, he produced the documentary movie THRIVE (see below) and started his movement based on the philosophy and premises discussed in it. Continue reading

A circular question: What is sleeping philosophy?

I first asked the question about sleeping philosophy when I was evaluating the Diagram. Although I think my first quandaries about the nature of sleeping philosophy were significant, I now believe sleeping philosophy is much more complex than it earlier seemed. Besides meeting a sleeper in real life, I’ve also found important sleepers in literature and art that need to be discussed here. In particular I want to mention the philosophies of Philip K. Dick, a character from Roberts’s Shantaram, and Andrei Tarkovsky, a Russian movie director. These new comparisons and findings lead me to believe that sleeping philosophy is the (two-positional) idealism/realism missing from the context of other categories. Yet speculations about whether this means that in the future sleeping philosophy may become a new category or would remain asleep are inconclusive. Continue reading

Nonlinear thinking: the missing link

The truth is always greater than us. Whether separately or united, we are parts of the truth. This means that none of us can wholly grasp the truth, but we can find ways that lead us toward it. One way I found has been in my consciousness since I was 22. I know this as nonlinear thinking, after being disenchanted with linear algebra and linear circuits at university. I thought back then that I needed to share this kind of thinking with the world. And I wanted to teach it, but I didn’t know how. Even with having 40 posts on this blog and 280 categorized individuals, I still don’t know how to explain this process of thinking, which is a crucial parameter in my methodology, as we’ve learned in reasoning about the Diagram, yet I want to try. I don’t guarantee that I would be able to explain it, but I will try. Maybe, with everything on my blog, this piece won’t clarify the whole, but maybe it would. Continue reading

Reasoning behind the Diagram’s list: introduction and methodology

The listing after the Diagram contains many names in specific philosophical categories and, although aims to include all people, can ever be incomplete. It may or may not become an appropriate dataset for an actual theory, and additional reasoning wouldn’t hurt it. The Diagram is defined by expanded Complete Reality Hypothesis (CRH), which also contains necessary rules and parameters involved in categorization. Continue reading