The main aim of our philosophy is to investigate the nature of human experience. The nature of human experience of reality has structured many great traditions in the history of philosophy. From Parmenides to Plato; from Aquinas to Descartes; from Hegel to Heidegger; from Freud to Deleuze; the greatest philosophers have puzzled over the mystery of our perception and conception of the world and otherness.
In order to engage with this rich philosophical tradition we start with the most basic coordinates of experience in the division or separation between subject and object. This division or separation structures much of human knowing from the physics and cybernetics of observer/observed, to the traditional humanist dichotomy of culture/nature, to the traditional philosophical antagonism between idealism (mind) and materialism (matter), to the psychoanalytic distinctions of self/other.
The matrix of these relations are essential for us to understand any ontology from a position of first principles. Do we start our knowing in the external outside? How can we know this external outside? Do we start our knowing from the internal inside? Is there anything solid and stable in me that represents me? What is identity? What is difference? What do these abstract concepts have to say about my desires and my fulfillment in life?
In this method and with these questions as our guide we hope to push the boundaries of subjective reflection into uncomfortable but liberating territory. The common philosophical mantra is that the philosophical quest is about the love of wisdom. Here we seek to explore whether the love of wisdom conceals or obfuscates an even deeper quest to directly experience one's own most desire for self-realization which can only emerge in the action of a drive for truth.
Physical Emergence of Subject-Object Division (and a dialectical approach to reconciliation).
By Cadell Last, Ben Werner, Gael Van Weyenbergh.
Abstract: This paper aims to approach the mystery of the subject-object division which structures humans historical experience of reality. In this approach we engage with other major forms of knowledge in order to contextualize and demonstrate what we have learned about our self and our world from their development. Here we posit that reductionist physics, complex evolution, relativistic epistemology, and subjective phenomenology form a quadrant of knowledge each with their own practical utility but without the ability to approach a synthetic totality. In order to approach synthetic totality we attempt to explore the internal logic of the subject-object division in terms of its basic structural nature. We propose a theory of how the subject-object division structures our experience and knowledge of the world with a potential approach to embedding this structure in terms of a practical and universal historical dialectic.
Banner image: Eye nebula.