martes, 4 de agosto de 2009

Filosofía de la tradición (2da Parte)

The following observations pursue a fresh approach in the philosophy of tradition. I tried to take distance from mainstream discourse and pursue a deeper dialogue between philosophy, science and mathematical though.

-It is a common place to believe that postmodernism is build in a dialectical antagonism with modernity. Despite of that, is not difficult to realized that both paradigms share important features which locates them in a common historical ground. Postmodernism retain from modernity the geometric conception of though; both break the hermeneutic circularity present in traditional though, where meaning comes from the complementarity between the whole and its parts. It is not clear whether the modern notion of hermeneutic circularity was already present in premodern traditional though [1].

- Modern science and mathematics were born in the tradition of philosophy, eventually they would become the leaders of the metaphysical enterprise [2]. Geometry became a paradigm of pure rationality while quantum mechanics for complementarity, now we face another breakthrough: mathematics is filling the longstanding gap between geometry and topology, in the process they provide a paradigm to unify their philosophical analogs: pure reason and premodern hermeneutics. We now have a solid ground for modern hermeneutic epitomized in hermeneutic circularity.

[1] It would be nice from a rhetorical perspective, to find in premodern hermeneutics a paradigm where the whole has priority over the parts, perhaps I should take a look at Aristotelian though. Moreover, I should not only look for the answer to this question in the ancient theoretical practice but also in their political practice where it is probably more clear to find this domination of the whole over the parts as epitomized in the hierarchical structure of interpretation of texts as present in the catholic church but even in the modern magisterium of secular law.

[2] simply understood as the pure abstraction of though.
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