A Story of Everything by Hilary Lawson

By Hilary Lawson

Lawson presents a entire examine the background of western inspiration, the evolution of technological know-how and its makes an attempt to supply us with a ''theory of everything'' and an review of the relativist a number of truths.

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Without closure there would be no thing. Closure can be understood as the imposition of fixity on openness. The closing of that which is open. It is the conversion of flux into identity, the conversion of possibility into the particular. It is achieved by holding that which is diverse as one and the same. Such a process is not limited to 4 A N O U T L I N E F R A M E WO R K human beings, or even animate beings, but it is at first perhaps easiest to understand the process of closure in the context of our own linguistic and perceptual closures where the closures involved are both new to the individual concerned and relatively unconnected to prior closures.

The problem identified by Putnam regarding the description of the theory of the hierarchy of levels can be seen to be the reappearance of the problem of self-reference which is in practice outlawed within the theory itself. The supposed solutions offered by Russell and Tarski to the problems of self-reference that beset set theory and realist theories of meaning, and which also beset the theory that is the goal of the Great Project, thus provide no solution at all. For, the paradox is only avoided by arbitrarily making it impossible, in which case the problem simply reappears in the theory that has been employed to evade the issue.

A retreat into the past, into the project of turning philosophy into a science whose aim is to uncover the essential character of the world in a definitive if piecemeal fashion, is not a possible manoeuvre. Neither however is it a credible strategy to seek to avoid theory in general, since a theory however occluded and covered up will still be required if the account is to have meaning: even a denial of theory is a theoretical stance, an assertion that seeks to be pure surface is an assertion with depth, and a repudiation of metaphysics is a metaphysical claim.

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