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- DescriptionThe demise of metaphysics has become starkly apparent beginning with the nineteenth century and culminating in the twentieth centuries. The shambles of metaphysics is so apparent its absence was ted by one of the great cosmologists of the twentieth century when he stated: However, in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, science became too technical and mathematical for the philosophers, or anyone else except a few specialists. Philosophers reduced the scope of their inquiries so much that Wittgenstein, the most famous philosopher of the century, said, The sole remaining task for philosophy is the analysis of language. What a come down from the tradition of philosophy from Aristotle to Kant! Steven Hawking - A Brief History of Time But it is t the technicality of science, which has caused philosophy to draw up short of its objective and hesitate. As was expressed so well by Charles Seife in his book, Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea, it was the fear of addressing the issue of 'thingness', which caused philosophy and metaphysics to hesitate. Martin Heidegger accentuates this point in his lecture: The Fundamental Question of Metaphysics. In this lecture, Heidegger espouses what he claims is the fundamental question of metaphysics. Heidegger states the question: 'Why are there essents rather than thing?' Having stated the question, Heidegger then expends thirteen thousand words to explain why the question is stated as such rather than being stated as: Why are there essents? Throughout the expenditure of his energies to understand why the first question as opposed to the second question, Heidegger makes such comments as: For why should we go on to ask about thing? Nothing is simply thing. He who speaks of thing does t kw what he is doing. ... He contradicts himself. ... to speak of thing is illogical. He who speaks and thinks illogically is unscientific. But he who goes so far as to speak of thing in the realm of philosophy, where logic has its very home, exposes himself most particularly to the accusation of offending against the fundamental rule of all thinking. Such a speaking about thing consists entirely of meaningless propositions. Moreover he who takes the thing seriously is allying himself with thingness. He is patently promoting the spirit of negation and serving the cause of disintegration. Not only is speaking of thing utterly repellent to thought: it also undermines all culture and all faith. What disregards the fundamental law of thought and also destroys faith and the will to build is pure nihilism. One must t conclude from this quote that it was Heidegger who lead us to the point of fearing 'thingness' for Heidegger simply verbalized in an eloquent manner what it was humanity has always feared to confront and that is the concept of 'thingness' itself... In short it will be stated that thingness does exist. Even more disturbing it will be suggested that t only does thingness exist but that thingness has an active role to play in the dynamics of totality as opposed to the concept of thingness having a potentially passive role to play in the dynamics of totality. So if the individual is individuality and God is the Whole, including what lies 'beyond' time, what is the universe? The universe 'is' the void. The universe 'is' thingness itself. And so it is we are about to defy Heidegger's warning that to examine the concept of thingness is to stamp one's own forehead with a letter more feared by philosophers than the scarlet letter 'A'. We are about to self impose a scarlet letter 'I' upon our brows. We are about to label ourselves as 'illogical'. Why risk being labeled 'illogical'? It is only by facing our fears that we can conquer our fears and until metaphysicians face their most dreaded fear, the fear of thingness, we will t be able to move metaphysics to the its next level of development.
- Author BiographyMathematics/Science Undergraduate degree - University of Michigan Master's degree in Physical Science - Eastern Michigan University 30 years teaching mathematics & science 20 years science and/or mathematics department chair I'm not sure if I became a philosophical thinker because I was a depressant or if I became a depressant because I was a philosophical thinker. Whichever the case, I am both. To make matters even stranger I am an optimistic depressant philosophical thinker. Actually it might be more accurate of me to state that I am an optimistic depressant philosophical thinking metaphysicist. But how did metaphysics enter the picture? During my early teens I began questioning what was 'out there beyond ...' Over time this thinking sequentially lead to 'beyond the stars', 'beyond the galaxy', 'beyond time and space' until I came to the end of the physical universe itself. Once I had reached this 'outer wall' of the physical universe. I could not help but mentally poke a hole in this wall. Having created a hole in the outer wall of the physical, I peered through the hole only to see nothing. At this point I was mesmerized with questions that forever haunted me: What is this nothingness on the 'outside' of the physical universe? What is the physical universe immersed within? What is out there? What are the characteristics of this existence outside the universe? What does this outside of the universe have to do with us, with myself, with God Itself? The questions became cruelly unrelenting and overpoweringly dominating of my very psyche. With time and the use of humanity's four perceptual tools (observation - science, universal teachings - religions, rational dialectics - philosophy and universal language - mathematics) the answers began to reveal themselves. The answers came not in terms of a bias on the part of one tool as opposed to another but in terms of all four tools agreeing with each other. The biggest hurdles to the work came in the form of cynicism, skepticism, closed minds and most of all in the form of the words, 'can't', 'its impossible to know', 'humankind is not intended to understand', 'prove it'. In all good conscience, it must be stated, 'We cannot prove anything beyond all doubt ...' Having stated the obvious, we can then move on to state: '... but we can 'prove beyond a reasonable doubt.' So it is a new model of reality emerged capable of leading our species into the new age of the third millennium.
- Author(s)MR Daniel J Shepard
- Date of Publication22/10/2011
- FormatPaperback / softback
- SubjectHistory of Ideas & Popular Philosophy
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight227 g
- Width178 mm
- Height254 mm
- Spine7 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US),Unsewn / adhesive bound
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