Archive for July, 2013

Lacan’s Four Discourses, V2

July 11, 2013

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References:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Four_discourses

http://larvalsubjects.wordpress.com/2009/08/12/random-thoughts-on-lacanian-discourse-theory-dejan-as-analyst/

[*6.118, *7.50, *7.51]

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Human Limitations

July 10, 2013

birth_death_nature_nurture Everything existing in the universe is the fruit of chance and necessity.

Democritus

What are humans limited by? We are limited by time and by space.

We are limited in time because we are mortal beings, bound to the past by our birth and to the future by our death, delimiting the short interval of our lifetimes.

We are limited in space because we are finite beings. At each point of time we are constrained by what we are and what we might become. We are bound both by our actuality and our possibility. Our nature defines our actuality and our nurture sets our possibility.

Certainly, we can transcend our limitations, but this just means they weren’t really the true limits after all. We can’t say for certain what our real limits are, so that’s a good thing.

This fourfold also reminds me of the following modal square of opposition. At birth, much is possible. At death, all becomes impossible. Nurture is contingent and Nature is necessary.

modal_squareReferences:

http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/logic-deontic/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chance_and_Necessity

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E. F. Schumacher’s Four Fields of Knowledge

July 9, 2013

four_fields_of_knowledgeThis fourfold is created from the product of two duals: I & World, and Inner Experience & Outer Appearance.

The Inner Experience of I is Experience.

The Outer Appearance of I is Behavior.

The Inner Experience of World is Communication.

The Outer Appearance of World is Science.

schumacher_fieldsThe first fourfold is very similar to Hjelmslev’s Net, where Content is Inner Experience, Expression is Outer Appearance, Substance is unitary “I”, and Form is multiplicity “World”.

It is also almost identical to Ken Wilbur’s AQAL as presented here.

References:

E. F. Schumacher / A Guide for the Perplexed

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Guide_for_the_Perplexed

http://www.integralworld.net/edwards2.html

[*7.88, *7.174, *7.176]

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