Metaphysics, Pragmatics, & Unphilosophy

There are three integral, overarching features of my project: a metaphysics, a pragmatics, and unphilosophy. The metaphysics is subdivided into a process semantics (explaining reality as a process-relational dynamic) and a negative dialectics (to eliminate any assumption of inherent or hypostatic existence). The pragmatics is subdivided into theory and practice, where theory refers to theories …

Phallocratic and Gynarchic Regimes of Sexual Difference

In a first-order contrast, masculine and feminine are defined in opposition to one another, where the presence of one is predicated on the absence of the other. The masculine is characterized as independent, orderly, intellectual, while the feminine is characterized as dependent, chaotic, emotional. They can only come together on the basis of a hierarchical …

Ultimate Fact & Ultimate Value

The principle of Open-Emptiness deals with ultimate facts, while the principle of Inclusive-Transcendence deals with ultimate values. The ultimate fact of matter is the ontological absence of inherent existence, which can be established inferentially by dialectical reason through analysis of dependent origination, as well as established as a direct perception through gnoseological wisdom. This absence …

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 …