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Blog entries by Ren

  1. When he finally left the building, R. was assaulted by a raging headache. ‘I forgot to drink today,’ he thought. ‘Unless the culprit is the air conditioning.’ Once more he recalled the igloo which the director called an office. It really wasn’t wise to take such extreme counter-measures in...
  2. Some Kafka worship for ya. Would be curious to know if you enjoy it!------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------R. thought he could not remember a day when the sun had reached so high up in the sky. ‘The laws of physics...
  3. Let us remind ourselves of the central problem we are seeking to solve. We want to arrive at a finer understanding of what it means for a fact to be (dis)harmonious. We know that a fact is harmonious just in case its taking place contributes to increase the health of being; and conversely for a...
  4. 116. The challenge is thus not simply that a universal metalanguage is condemned to be something replaceable. It might turn out that such a metalanguage is not possible at all, in the sense that any attempt in this direction would only end up yielding just another language.117. In order to...
  5. The universal meta-value, ‘Being is’, says in effect that being seeks to be in the greatest possible harmony with itself. A historical world, i.e. a world in which practical beings live, have projects and act upon those projects, is a presential determination of being in regard to which the...
  6. 101. In normal games, speakers play with meanings as content-pretenses; whereas in folded games, speakers play with meanings as uses. In the folded game played by the open monist, words and sentences derive their meaning from their use as signposts. But it is possible imagine not only different...
  7. At every point of historical time—every historical ‘now’, if you will—being has a given health, which can be defined as being’s potential (at that moment, and from that moment) to open up to new events. At every such historical moment, being is not open to all new events that are possible for...
  8. 86. The vast majority of so-called argumentation, debate and criticism take place within the confines of normal languages. These languages, in turn, can be either ordinary or specialist (often a mix of the two). In a single conversation there can be as many normal languages as there are...
  9. Although a moral agent cannot practically will the happening of harmonious or disharmonious facts in a direct fashion, they can will their own openness to the network of facts that populates their stance. More specifically, their practical willing consists most intimately in manipulating the...
  10. 76. One of the features that distinguishes a fold-language is that contrary to a ‘normal’ language, the vocabulary that constitutes its semantic fabric is self-consciously transient. This implies that the words in that vocabulary lack stable meanings.77. One way of looking at this instability...
  11. Thus, as long as the event of world, whose factual constitution consists of a designated region of factual space, is not historical, it is not actually open to the possibility of new eventful facts. Rather, insofar as it is temporal, it is only open to the repetition of facts—by means of...
  12. 66. The challenge, then, is to show how a language of perspectives is neither quite a metalanguage nor quite a ‘normal language’. Neither is it somehow a middle ground between the two. It is more fruitful to think of a language of perspectives as qualitatively different—as a wholly other kind of...
  13. Facts taken by themselves are not historical, although some facts have the potential to be (i.e., some facts are open to the possibility of historicality). In order to become historical, a fact must fulfil two further conditions. The first is the presencing of the fact, namely its taking place...
  14. 51. Each perspective on truth comes with its own language; which is to say, with its own vocabulary. Rather than asking: what are the conditions for this sentence to be true? It would be more fruitful to ask: which vocabulary can best help me to cope with the situation at hand?52. The...
  15. Genealogy of harmonious and disharmonious factsRegardless of how ‘poor’ one’s stantial openness might be, it must remain projected towards the factual future. Furthermore, given the nature of practical willing, this factual future necessarily has fuzzy boundaries, i.e. boundaries making room...