Probative and Imaginative Modes of Engagement in Buddhism and Process Thought

At face value, Alfred North Whitehead's Process thought and the view of Madhyamaka Buddhists seem to characterize reality in diametrically opposed manners. Whitehead's view, that all events go through a process of "concrescence" culminating in a final satisfaction that passes into objective immortality, seems to contradict the Buddha's teaching that all conditioned things, which are …

Self-Emancipation as Self-Abolition

The self-emancipation of the oppressed i.e. the proletariat, the feminine, and the open-empty self, is synonymous with their self-abolition, since each comes to know that affirmation of their own being entails an affirmation of the oppressors with which they form a dialectical couple i.e. the bourgeoisie, the masculine, and the conceited self, respectively. The logic …

On The Non-Difference Between Idealism and Materialism

Rather than being a genuine alternative to metaphysical materialism (the general notion that thinking is derivative of being), metaphysical idealism (the general notion that thinking and being are identical) is the fruition of a seed implicit in the original naïve realist assumption that the world actually exists "out there" independently of the observer, which itself …

A Self-Emancipating Universe

As the most complete expression of holopoiesis, the creative evolution of the universe as a whole can be characterized as a non-linear yet progressive transition from an initial state of near-absolute heteronomy affected by externally related, differential mechanisms to an end state of near-absolute autonomy enjoyed between internally related, integrated organisms — an asymptotic movement …

Transcendental Scotoma

Our eyes have a natural scotoma or "blind spot" where we can't actually take in visual information because of a lack of photoreceptive cells in the area where your optic nerve connects to your retina, the tissue that collects the information that gets processed by your brain after being transferred through the optic nerve. The …

Negative Dialectics and Dialogical Process Semantics (Cursory Notes)

In order to disclose the nature of the actual world (equivalent to the settled facts of the immediate past) as openly-empty (meaning, being empty or without an ultimate foundation) we deploy the method of negative dialectics whereby presuppositions of an inherently existent entity, process or relation that could serve as the ground of the actual …