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From Brain to Cosmos by Mark F. SharlowFrom Brain to Cosmos by Mark F. Sharlow

This is a study of several enduring problems of philosophy from a refreshing new vantage point. The book shows that we can learn much about these problems - including the mind-brain puzzle, the reality of time, and the rational justification of religious belief - by trying to answer a single, thought-provoking question about the relationship between conscious beings and the world in which they live.

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Metaphysics by Default

Awards ProgramCreated and Maintained by Wayne Stewart.

 This easy-to-use site presents a well written ecological thesis which unites naturalism with metaphysics.  In dedicating his work "to a new Athena, icon of Mind at peace with Nature," Stewart opens human thought to the recovery of our ethical relationship with what is more (or less) than merely human, even to the invertebrates, applying recent discoveries to the most ancient of philosophical concerns -- our ontologic and ethical relations with other living beings; forcing us to wonder just where our metaphysical logics of domination have come from. 

Are complex structures (like the central nervous system, memory, subjectivity, continuity) simply descriptions of nature's intricacy? Should they be used as criteria for justifying subordination? Or, can our concern over nature's 'superior' beings in some way extend an ethics beyond our traditional, historical hierarchies? In any event, if you've ever felt a (moral) difference between eating animals and eating vegetables, read Stewart's work to find out why.

Site Description:

This site draws upon the works of naturalists - also, it draws upon the works of metaphysical philosophers. And this may seem an odd juxtaposition of materials, as the two disciplines share little common ground at present. 

Dialogues between naturalists and metaphysical philosophers can be contentious; and we, being audience to the ensuing disagreements, are led to believe that a fundamental dichotomy separates the naturalistic and metaphysical disciplines - or worse, to believe that one discipline can prosper only at the expense of the other. But these common notions are not sound. This document is an essay which proves that naturalism and metaphysical philosophy can coexist peacefully in the modern mind.

The essay itself comprises nineteen chapters. The chapters are best read in sequential order, starting at Chapter 1. Readers who desire to judge the philosophy's practical value may prefer to skip ahead to Chapter 18. Metaphysics by Default can be useful to the ethicist or ecologist, and Chapter 18 explores this potential utility. 

Some supporting documents are also available through site navigation:

bullet Public forums have been opened, and all are welcome to contribute messages.
bullet A schedule lists the dates of upcoming public lectures. 
bullet Appendices organize the essay's ancillary software programs and mathematical derivations.
bullet Works cited within the essay are listed after the appendices.

 

The Essence of Reality

Awards ProgramSite maintained by Thomas Daniel Nehrer.  EoR examines life, the Oneness of Reality/Consciousness, and cultural concepts from the perspective of "Clear Awareness" -- without a belief structure to distort perception. Distinct Mechanisms of Mind are depicted to provide the reader a distinct path toward perceiving the inner, causal source of his/her real, experienced events and relationships. More than conjectural philosophical conceptualization, EoR delves into the First Person experience and understanding of life. 

Whatever you believe in seems to be true, yet beliefs never clarify reality's function -- they only distort perception of it. EoR depicts Reality's integrated Oneness, illustrates a path toward "Clear Awareness" of that Oneness, and comments on teachers and core conceptualizations common in our culture -- their strengths, fallacies, and illusions. 

 

The Institute of Formal Social Sciences

Ronald Jump

The Institute of Formal Social Sciences is an online teaching and reference Institute, chockfull of socially relevant texts and tables, addressed to the common interest in human affairs, social sciences, and systematic philosophy. Its scientific instrumentation is only mental and intangible, a precise discrimination between human options which are for us to choose, and what is determined for us by the bounds of the realm of possibility. This opens a new approach to the study of ourselves and our relations. The realm of possibility is to be studied, its fundamentals discovered, and mapped systematically, quite in contrast to custom which treats it as if not our business...

  

New Analysis of Time

By William D. Conner, BS.  This site is a call for adoption of a new analysis of time for the new millennium. Conner's analysis represents an application of the "Occam's Razor" principle to reduce the time phenomenon to a basic logical expression. Conner asks the question, "What is the cause of our perception of time?" And he answers by saying, "The time phenomenon is caused simply by: ...motion through space of matter and energy." This site elucidates Conner's long-held belief that the flow of time is mind-dependent. So much so that he believes all time phenomena (the features of the universe which cause us to experience time flow) can be attributed to motion through space of matter and energy.

 

Proceedings of the Friesian School: Metaphysics

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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Editorial Essays

bulletA New Kant-Friesian System of Metaphysics [24.1K]
bulletOntological Undecidability [63.0K]
bullet1. Introduction
bullet2. On Method
bullet3. Kant's Ontological Undecidability
bullet4. The Problem of Knowledge
bullet5. The Conflict of Fundamental Beliefs
bullet6. Epistemological Priority and Intentionality
bullet7. Ontological Undecidability
bullet8. The Two Perspectives of Undecidable Ontology
bullet9. Hallucination and Truth
bullet10. Conclusion
bulletThe Foundations of Value, Part III, Metaphysical Issues: The Theory of the Good [16.0K]
bulletThought Experiments on the Soul [16.6K]
bulletNote on the Metaphysic of Space [10.6K]
bulletKantian Quantum Mechanics
bulletThe Ontology and Cosmology of Non-Euclidean Geometry [37.5K]
bullet1. Introduction
bullet2. Curved Space and Non-Euclidean Geometry
bullet3. Geometry in Einstein's Theory of Relativity
bullet4. Conclusion
bulletThe Clarke-Leibniz Debate (1715-1716)
bulletThree Points in Kant's Theory of Space and Time
bulletKant's First Antinomy, of Space and Time
bulletTime Travel Paradoxes [7.0K]

Book Reviews

bulletThe Metaphysics of Meaning, Jerrold J. Katz, MIT Press, Cambridge, 1990 [13.9K]

 

Dialegesthai, philosophical themes 

"Dialegesthai" (edited by A. Calonego) is a new URL recently created and planned to grow as a place where traditional themes of Western Metaphysics can meet ways of arguing and a style of thinking coming from Logic and Analytic Philosophy. Articles are in English and Italian (English summaries anyway). 

Perceptions of Quality

Further Explorations of Robert M. Pirsig's Metaphysics of Quality. 

 

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