The following is a rough outline of a philosophical theory that I’ve constructed. It follows a pragmatist vein that I’ve been reading into after getting into t
he work of University of Toronto professor Jordan Peterson. Also a bit of Wittgenstein influence in there. The italicized sections are my father’s comments. Anyone with additional insights on either of our
comments is highly encouraged to comment below.
I.The fundamentally undeniable is the existence of reality
(Descartes: I think, therefore I am.)
II. The second undeniable is that reality does not and likely cannot match our perceptions and thoughts perfectly. (more the reverse, our perceptions are limited, we cannot comprehend reality perfectly. The ideal is to understand reality, not for reality to conform to our concept of it.)
III. Reality can never be known but truths can be known.
IV. A truth is a reference for guiding action in reality.
A. They are typically manifested in thoughts which are constructed with words, but can be manifested in artistic representations.
B. For example time is a truth that we behave by, but can’t prove that it is a part of reality as the only clue we have to it’s existence is in our memories and predictions.
V. A truth is judged based on its claims about reality when put into practice.
A. In other words when you live by correct truths you will never trip.
B. Truths are correct if they are useful.
C. If you were to behave as if time is not a part of reality you could achieve nothing, but if you believed in time you could use it towards goals.
In summary, a truth can be classified as useful or not useful
Can something that isn’t true be useful? A “Convenient fiction”, like property rights.
VI. One particularly useful way of organizing truth is the module.
A. A module groups truths together as either describing a codified section of reality or as a pathway to a certain goal.
1. The module that we call economics is a grouping of truths about the section of reality that we call action and choice relative to scarcity.
2. The module of parenting is a grouping of truths that relate to the goal of raising children.
B.Something can be modularly true, but not have a particular guide to action.
1. This is the use of the correspondence theory of truth.
Something is true if it corresponds to the module properly. This is very useful in the temporal, spatial, and physical modules.
What do you mean modularly true. True only within the module, but not outside?
The something is usually called an “assertion” or a “statement”. My hat is black.
VII. We construct modules of truths to guide us to a position from which we need take no more action.
A. This can be called the position of eternal peace and is the goal and meaning of our existence as we understand it.
B. The position of eternal peace does not mean motionless and can exist in the module of time as a vector of some sort. (See Wittgenstein’s quote in the quote page on the sidebar)
But for many, taking action is worth it in itself. Eternal peace is dull and boring.
VIII. The ultimate module is one which claims to group all truths of reality.
A. Traditionally the ultimate module was the religious module.
B. Also the philosophy module.
C. When the module of physics took over as the ultimate module the “Death of God” occurred.
D. It did not work as truth because it could not guide action towards eternal peace as it is constructed for. Science alone does not explain the world enough, yet.
It took a while, most physicists saw themselves as exploring God’s creation.
Bertrand Russell thought: all reality can be written down as mathematical formulas
Goedel proved: it can never be written down completely, there are always statements that cannot be judged true or false.
IX. What I call for is a reconstruction and revival of the religious module as the ultimate module.
That’s pretty strong. You may want to hold off on calling for something. May want to flesh this theory out a bit first. Get feedback.