Sunday, June 02, 2013


The foundation stone of Socratism-Platonism is: The intelligible and the perceptible realms are distinct but never apart.

Understanding is the intrinsic illuminescence of ideas born in the mind, from the mind, by the mind. The perceptible has no meaning apart from the ideas of the mind; the perceptible is only intelligible in the forms donated by the mind. I maintain that Socrates, Plato, and Kant are at one aboout this.

Both Plato and Kant say that "5 and 7 are 12" is not an analytical statement: 12 is a form created by the mind, not something found in the 5, the 7, or the combination of the 5 and the 7.
For a schoolboy doing an arithmetic test "5 + 7 = 12" is a correct answer, is the correct answer. But 5 sheep and 7 pigs are what? They are only 12 in an indeterminate sense: 12 animals, but what is an animal? Where do you find an animal that is nothing but an animal, except in the mind? A step further: 5 children with 7 books among them are 12 what? 12 entities perhaps, but what is an entity? A fiction, a useful fiction created by the mind. Further still: a committee of 7 women and men, discussing how best to provide wate for an isolated village, have before them 5 alternative proposals: 7 committee members and 5 proposals are 12? A stand-up comedian might say that here we have 12 and we would have a hearty laugh. Whitehead, to my knowledge, is the only post-Kantian philosopher who saw this.


When Brahma-Cronos-Ra first sensed Its being, Its first utterance was: eimi. Thus It created Its existence.

Cairo, 2 June 2013.


Blogger tim candler said...

Always enjoyed a question mark after I Am.

"I Am?"

"Am I" seems sometimes very appropriate.

Popeye beats everybody with his "I am what I am."

12:44 PM  

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