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To: betty boop

When you jump from complementariness to the being of a living universe, why does this conjure the Ghost of Hegel with a smile? Chase him away, won’t you? Otherwise it scares me overmuch into thinking this living being is what unifies the complements of being and non-being.


158 posted on 05/31/2007 7:44:09 PM PDT by cornelis
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To: cornelis; Alamo-Girl; hosepipe
When you jump from complementariness to the being of a living universe....

To me, the complementaries refer to the knowability of the universe, not the "beingness" of the universe. It seems to me the complementaries are dualistic in that they are seemingly "mutually-opposed" to one another; but they are not the "thesis" and "antithesis" terms that sum up as a totally abstract "synthesis," and so aren't dialectical in their form or relations. And if they sum up to anything at all, it would not be to any kind of abstract being, but only a (hopefully) truthful description of reality, not reality itself.

I confess to being a little nervous that you would find me doing metaphysics here WRT the principle of complementarity, when all I think I'm doing is epistemology....

Jeepers!!! I wasn't aware that I'd invited Hegel to this party -- did you really see him? Yikes!!!!!!!! LOL!

Thanks so much for writing, cornelis!

162 posted on 06/01/2007 10:42:43 AM PDT by betty boop ("Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind." -- A. Einstein.)
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