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

Towards New Aesthetics

Besides explaining the main four branches of her philosophy (ethics, politics, epistemology, and metaphysics[1]), Ayn Rand also wrote on the nature of aesthetics, the last, fifth branch:

Art is a selective re-creation of reality according to an artist’s metaphysical value-judgments” (The Romantic Manifesto, 1971, Ch.1, original italics). Continue reading

Meditation on the nature of belief

Why should we visualize God rather than merely accept His “word(s)” as it is taught by others? This is the question about the nature of belief and what constitutes a belief for any person. Although belief can be anything subjective, in this discussion it is about the idea of God. If that idea is not clear, a belief is vague and easily dismissed. The belief in God is true only when it is meaningful. We find meaning in examples we can understand. Consider a young believer. Continue reading

Toward New Theology

In the previous post I mentioned that I will show you how to be truly subjective with the concept of God, but I did not mention that there is an objective caveat. Whenever you are shaping a conceptual area in a particular way, that area enters the state of synchrony with other participants and hence manifests objectively, i.e., in reality. As it happens with science, so it can happen with religion, but in a way that is more grounded than it is today. The new area of my philosophy that I would like to introduce today is theology, and specifically physically-conditioned, subjective theology. Continue reading

Transcendence: the call for new integrators!

Every idea can be made into an idealism, but can every idea be extended and function as a true idealism? Throughout history, philosophers have been inventing various idealisms to define their supposedly unique stances: transcendental, absolute, critical, material, and others. However, if we start branching philosophy into mere idealisms, we can get easily lost. I’ve proposed a different way to categorize philosophies that differentiates taking an idea as primary (position) or secondary (direction), and, following this, I’ve already categorized more than 100 individuals! Continue reading

Confusions of idealism

On Philosophy Forums on November 13th, 2015, I’ve written a post with unique arguments for categorizing Kant as a materialist. Bill Harris, my main opponent, criticizes me for not understanding Kant. However, I am convinced that it is Bill who doesn’t understand my arguments. The debate is still going on, so I think I should drive my point further home, as it also would be in Ayn Rand’s and Leonard Peikoff’s interests. Continue reading

Evaluation and conclusions of expanded Complete Reality Hypothesis

What follows is partly an evaluation of the expanded CRH Diagram, not a rationalization of why certain philosophers were chosen in it or an explanation of the method, all of which will be made clearer in a later post. The first and foremost value of the CRH is its practical use in understanding other people’s philosophies. CRH makes APEIRON into a hypothetical practical method based on Theory of Nested Concepts, which rigorously defines the Model. While the Model displays all knowledge, the Diagram displays all the categories that structure human consciousness and thus all of humankind. Continue reading