Philosophize by Numbers
Posted by Tanas Gjorgoski on September 3, 2007
I was trying to systematize my views a little, so I ended up with this rough Wittgenstein-like outline…
1 We become aware of things
1.1 We become aware of objects
1.2 We become aware of objects’ properties
1.2.1 Awareness of objects’ properties include awareness of the object
1.3 We become aware of events.
1.3.1 Awareness of events includes awareness of objects involved in those events
1.4 We become aware of relations
1.4.1 Awareness of relations includes awareness of relata
1.4.2 We become aware of multitudes and their similarity
1.5 We are aware of the things we imagine, and things we assume.
2 Things of which we are aware are in relation of context and aspect
2.1 Aspects don’t exist as self-subsistent, but exist only because the context exists.
2.1.1 Properties exist only as properties of the objects.
2.2 Aspects can have further aspects, and contexts further contexts
2.2.1 An object has color. Color has hue and brightness as aspects
2.3 Different aspects of the same thing are related because of sharing common ground (the context on which they are dependent)
2.3.1 One is always affecting the context. The affecting of the aspect is only secondary (abstract), even we might not be aware of it
126.96.36.199 One can’t merely change the position of an object. What one does is changing the context of bodies, so that the distance between different bodies will be different.
2.4 Sometimes we are aware of the aspects but not of the context
2.4.1 In such cases we tend to think of the aspects as self-subsistent
2.4.2 When we think about those things we encounter contradictions because of their assumed self-subsistence
188.8.131.52 Zeno’s paradoxes appear because of imagined self-subsistence of space and time
2.4.3 The way out of this is becoming aware of the context, and becoming aware of how those assumed self-subsistent things are actually aspects of the context (one might already be aware of context, but not aware of the context-aspect relation)
2.4.4 Bachelorhood is aspect of certain kind of social relations
2.4.5 Phenomenon of chairs is aspect of our society, needs, etc..
3 We perceive some things
3.1 Our perception is limited, and picks-out certain aspects of the world
3.1.1 The color we see is an aspect of objects.
3.2 There is no experience which represents things, and which has what-it-is-like aspect
3.2.1 We have experience in the sense that we participate in the events of which we are aware (and we learn something from them, or we are affected some way from them)
3.2.2 The what-it-is-like is wrongly assumed because the physical is not taken to be aspect
3.2.3 The representational faculty is assumed to explain the illusions, hallucination and dreams
184.108.40.206 About general way to address those without accepting experience as representing things see (6.1)
4 We become aware of other people
4.1 We become aware of other people being aware of the things
5 We give names to what we are aware of
5.1 When the intentional content is an individual thing, we speak of proper names
5.2 We give names to the multitude sharing certain aspect – those are the common nouns.
5.3 Individual events and relations, and also multitudes of events and relations sharing certain aspect can be given proper names, or common names too.
5.4 We can name imagined or assumed content
6 We are not aware of everything about the context
6.1 We might mistake one context for another, because the former shares some aspect with the later.
6.1.1 We might mistake virtual thing for a real thing if we are unaware that we wear virtual reality glasses
6.2 Of course we can become aware of the things we weren’t aware of.
7 Using language is acting
7.1 One of the use of language is making someone aware of something through sentences
7.2 The sentences describe the relations (of which the other is not aware) through words for things (of which the other is aware)
7.3 The sentences might introduce new words (of which the listener becomes aware while listening the sentence)
8 Some things have a physical aspect
8.1 Physical aspect is not self-subsistent
8.1.1 World is not reducible to physical
8.2 The physical aspect is the measurable aspect
8.2.1 Measurement is comparing – it is making a ratio between two magnitudes
8.2.2 There are truths about numbers as ratios
8.2.3 Those are truths of the physical aspect
8.2.4 The number aspect is not self-subsistent, but dependent on the context. The number-truths are true of the number aspect just as long this aspect exists as part of the context.
8.3 Our awareness of things has physical aspect
8.3.1 Our awareness of things is not reducible to the physical aspect
8.3.2 The physical aspect of our awareness of things includes the physical aspects of our bodies, the physical aspect of the things of which we are aware, and the physical aspect of the acts of perception (including the physical aspect of the history)
8.3.3 When our awareness changes, the physical aspect will probably (but not necessarily) change too.
8.4 We are affecting physical aspect through affecting the context (see 2.3) even if we are not aware of that
8.4.1 When affecting certain brain parts, we are really affecting our awareness of things