My blog is a work in progress, on a journey towards a personal philosophy. I don’t claim to have any great conclusions. I hope that with enough thrashing about, a gem of understanding may eventually be produced. I don’t wait to completely understand something before I write about it. If I am inspired to post a diagram or write a scrap of text, I do so. As a result, much of what I present here seems incomplete and muddled. It’s just a blog, after all.
I strive to be Aristotelian, but I know I’m more of a Democritan. Because of this, I find my four-fold Structure-Function to be the most interesting, with its ties to the Four Causes, and what I’ve convinced myself is a relation to Linear Logic. Linear Logic is a logic of finite resources, as opposed to classical logic which is a logic of transcendent truth.
Frankly, I don’t understand very much about Linear Logic beyond the basics, and understand even less about Girard’s Ludics or mathematical constructions called Chu Spaces. Perhaps I can find time eventually to understand them better, and use them to relate and analyze all the topics in this blog.
I also think that Richard McKeon’s Philosophical Semantics or Watson and Dilworth’s Archic Matrix might be the most important way to “philosophize” the four-fold. There is substantive material available for them but not much recently. I think that perhaps they can also be linked to Linear Logic or another methodology, but it won’t be easy.
Four is the number of completion, as well as the number of “the material”. Space and time are a regular theme. But there are also so many mental things having four aspects, as well as so many things constructed by humans such as scientific concepts. Many individuals have tried to formulate a syncretic link between many or all four-folds. Why should I think I can do any better?
Many four-folds are seen to be metaphors for other four-folds. I switch from four-folds of science to four-folds of psychology. That isn’t because I believe in any sort of panpsychism. It’s either because we see the world in this way, or we see ourselves in this way, that four-folds occur so often in everything. But it could also be because the world is this way.