Thursday, April 7, 2011

Welcome

If you are reading this it means that you either know me personally or I have said something around you that has made you think.

I say welcome to both of you and I truly hope that my philosophical challenges will push you to think for a second time about the way you see the world and your place in it compared to other men.

This forum is intended to forward the idea that the assault on mans conceptual faculty has been accelerating since Kant, widening the breach between man's mind and reality. To reclaim the power of philosophy, one must grasp the reason why man needs epistemology. Since man is neither infallible nor omniscient, he has to discover a valid method of cognition. Two questions are involved in his every conclusion or decision: What do I know?- and: How do I know it? It is the task of epistemology to provide the answer to the "How?"--which enables the special sciences to provide the answer to the "What?" In the history of philosophy, epistemological theories have consisted predominantly of attempts to escape one or the other of these two questions--by means of skepticism or mysticism.

The motive of all of the attacks on mans rational faculty, is a single basic premise: the desire to exempt consciousness from the law of identity. The implicit, but the unadmitted premise of modern philosophy is the notion that "true" knowledge must be acquired without any means of cognition, and that identity is the disqualifying element of consciousness. This is the essence of Kant's doctrine, which represent the negation of any consciousness as such. Objectivity begins with the realization that man (including his consciousness) is an entity of specific nature who must act accordingly; there is no escape from the law of identity; that there is no room for the arbitrary in any activity of man, least of all in his method of cognition-- and that he must be guided by objective criteria in forming his tools of cognition: his concepts. Just as man's physical existence was liberated when he grasps that "nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed," so his consciousness will be liberated when he grasps that nature, to be apprehended, must be obeyed-- that the rules of cognition must be derived from the nature of existence and the nature, the identity, of his cognitive faculty.

This will be a serious look at the state of men's philosophy and why they think what they think.  In this debate you can be wrong, I can be wrong, but you nor I will ever concede a point for the sake of politeness.  There will be no half measures and any views presented here will need to be backed up with rational thought, not because you feel it.

Welcome to a new world.