Developing a Philosophy
Develop a philosophy. It should contain:
A. An introduction and thesis
B. Body: metaphysics, epistemology, axiology and praxis
C. Conclusion: TAR the text
...istortion of reality.
Epistemology is a problem. If everything is connected and integrated (and hence One), how is it that we can know anything? Well, we really can't.
The concept is that when we isolate one aspect of being, we are going to absorb only those aspects of it that appeal to us. It will always be a it arbitrary.
The object, its content, and our grasp of it are three different things.
Let's say we're studying a specific tree in botany class. First, it is arbitrary to take "tree" and isolate it from its context. The soil, the ecosystem, the region, the weather patterns, the sun, gravitation, chemical functions, natural history, etc. By the time we're finished, we've covered the whole cosmos (God included).
This means when we claim to know A, we actually know A+something(x). This x is all its other connections that help define it. Knowing an object is almost to destroy it. Knowing an object will always be pathetically incomplete.
There are two forms of understanding: the inner and the outer. The Outer is that of scientific and logical knowledge. The Inner is far deeper, and goes further into both the content and interconnections of any object. We, in a sense, live with it: we grow with it, we constantly see it in new ways as it shows us more and more interconnections with the rest of reality.
In terms of ethics, etc:
Frank was similar to Hegel in this respect. His central thesis here was that the whole is more important than its parts. The parts only make sense as a part of the whole. He writes that any organization, a society, community, culture, etc. is â??an organized, self constituting, inwardly articulated whole of a spiritual or cultural kind in which the individual members are ...