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 …

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 …

Constituting Individual Objects without Private Essences

If I recall correctly, for Graham Harman and perhaps Object-Oriented Ontology generally, an individual cannot be exhausted by any or all of its relations. Thus there is some kind of irreducible essence that is particular to that individual object. But there's something circular about this idea, because it offers a definition of the individual object …

Similarity, or Beyond Identity and Difference

On Identity: Generally today it is often felt that an affirmation of difference and plurality is preferable to an existence based on identity and universality, which is negatively evaluated as being characterized by excessive limitation. This is true, for definition by negation is the underlying basis of any sense of self-identity: what one is, is …

Divine Persistence: Notes for a Post-Atheistic Conception of God

God does not exist. Nor has God ever existed, and nor will God ever fully come into existence. God is neither the efficient nor the final cause independent of the actual world. God can never be found and never will be found. God does not exist, but it can be said that GodĀ persistsĀ in action to …