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coverAesthetics, Method, and Epistemology (Essential Works of Foucault, 1954-1984, Vol 2) by Michel Foucault, James D. Faubion (Editor), Robert Hurley (Translator), Paul Rabinow (Editor).

The second volume in the definitive collection of Foucault's shorter writings, a Voice Literary Supplement bestseller. Aesthetics, Method, and Epistemology explores one of the lesser known aspects of Foucault's oeuvre. This volume surveys the philosopher's diverse but sustained address of the historical forms and interplay of passion, experience, and truth. These selections, most of which have not previously appeared in English translation, are a testament to the extraordinary range of Foucault's insight. They include commentaries on the work of de Sade, Rousseau, Marx, Freud, Roussel, and Boulez. They also include some of Foucault's most trenchant reflections on the historical constitution and the historical diagnostics of both the aesthetic and the critical imagination, providing unique insight into the development of Foucault's original and exemplary philosophical program.  

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Proceedings of the Friesian School:  Epistemology

The essays at this site range from the fully annotated and technical to more informal and discursive discussions, often written for undergraduate classes. Many items therefore should be intelligible to those not familiar with all the arcana of academic philosophy. Such a range of submissions is acceptable and desired, since the trend, by which academic philosophy has obscured and esotericized itself, and mostly dropped out of popular and literate culture, should be resisted.

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Contributed Works

bulletOn Gödel's Philosophy of Mathematics, by Harold Ravitch, Ph.D. [2.2K] 
bulletPrinciples of Predicate Calculus, by Harold Ravitch, Ph.D. [0.5K]

Editorial Essays

bulletNon-Intuitive Immediate Knowledge, Ratio, Vol. XXIX, No. 2, December 1987 [51.7K]
bulletFoundationalism and Hermeneutics [19.9K]
bulletIn Defense of Bramantip [15.6K]
bulletThe Foundations of Value, Part I, Logical Issues: Justification (quid facti), First Principles, and Socratic Method (after Plato, Aristotle, Hume, Kant, Fries, & Nelson) [12.6K]
bulletThe Foundations of Value, Part II, Epistemological Issues: Justification (quid juris) and Non-Intuitive Immediate Knowledge (Kant, Fries, & Nelson) [18.1K]
bulletSocratic Ignorance in Democracy, the Free Market, and Science [26.1K]
bulletTwo Philosophical Mistakes in Poincaré [13.4K]
bulletThe Arch of Aristotelian Logic [2.8K]
bulletAristotelian Syllogisms [6.3K]
bulletHume Shifts the Burden of Proof [14.1K]
bulletForms of the Genetic Fallacy [6.6K]

Book Reviews

bulletEvidence and Inquiry, Towards Reconstruction in Epistemology, Susan Haack, Blackwell, 1993 [14.5K]
bulletBeyond Objectivism and Relativism: Science, Hermeneutics, and Praxis, Richard J. Bernstein, University of Pennsylvania Press, 1983 [25.7K]


Effectuationism by Peter KinaneEffectuationism

Socrates' friendly personal theory of perception, concepts, metaphysics, politics, the universe, life, linking Eastern and Western philosophy in an original, true to life, democracy, diversity and nature championing system by Peter Kinane.  


Two thousand, four hundred years ago philosophy rejected Socrates' opinion, best encapsulated as "I know nothing [categorically]", favoring instead the notion of categorical "truth" and "forms", and that we could universally identify with each other about these nice, neat, unchanging packages. Well, that notion still cannot be made to fit together very well, and so philosophers keep adding to a now huge, and ever more refined and specialized mountain of rumination on the concept. (Wittgenstein talked of the need to "shew the fly the way out of the bottle"). I call such work the study of Categoricalism. Eastern philosophy, too, has categoricalist features.  

My system, which I call "Effectuationism", features 'what is', in effect perception, effecting through, indeed as the tension, of a somewhat demarcatory interactivity 'phenomenon'. Such a world is necessarily dynamic, and effects as an indefinite first person singular tension of diversity; I - Other. The dynamism of such a 'phenomenon' effects somewhat recurrence of tension or perception and therein effects conceptualisation, and therein phenomena. In effect, through perception phenomena effect, and vica versa. Effectuationism accords more with the Socratic principle "I know nothing [categorically]" than with the Categoricalism for which the Greek world opted, 2,400 years ago. 


Graham Little's Philosophy 

This site by philosopher Graham Little is devoted to epistemology and the philosophy of science. It is the end result of some 15 years reflection on questions such as  What is knowledge ? If there exists a general theory of psychology what would be its nature and structure? If there exists a general theory of sociology what would be its structure? What is cause? What is the relationship between the above questions?

Building on the general epistemology of Karl Popper, and integrating and extending the systems theory of W.Ross Ashby, there is at the site a new and vigorous approach to many of philosophy's oldest questions. It is an approach that implicitly transforms epistemology from philosophy to a science. The techniques developed from this epistemological base are then applied to creating a general theory of psychology.

Site Includes:
Paper 1: A Theory of Perception
Paper 2: Perception and a General Theory of Knowledge
Paper 3: A Model of Knowledge and Tools for Theory Creation
Paper 4: The Drive to Explain - A discussion of the background issues of a general theory of psychology
Note on time and the interpretation of quantum electro dynamics
Note on the easy and hard problems of consciousness
Note on the emergence and role of language
Note clarifying why a photon for example, is understood as being at the limit of knowledge
Paper 5: Why We Do What We Do - The outline of a general theory of psychology

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