A Reverie on Mark Spencer’s Essay (2021) "The Many Phenomenological Reductions"

In 2021, Mark Spencer publishes an essay in the American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly, concerning phenomenology and metaphysics. Do both engage modern science? Are reductions in phenomenology similar to anti-reductions in metaphysics? Should they speak to one another? These comments use the category-based nested form and other relational models developed within the tradition of C.S. Peirce. More
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About the Series: Considerations of Jacques Maritain, John Deely and Thomistic Approaches to the Questions of These Times
Two models are used to appreciate now-forgotten paths stretching from Baroque scholastics to the present day. These models are the triadic structure of judgment and the category-based nested form. Two recent intellects stand out. One is Jacques Maritain. Born in France, he comes to North America around the time of the second world war. He is keenly interested in how to recover a scholastic approach within this world of modern science. Another is John Deely, whose recent death marks the end of a long career as both a Thomist and a semiotician. Deely confronts the philosophers of the day in a very entertaining manner. This series contains comments on articles from journals such as the American Catholic Philosophical Association, Faith and Philosophy, as well as books, including Daniel Novotny's excellent works on the Baroque scholastics. This series is not a course. It is a place to sample ideas. I encourage readers to consider both the original and the comments. They may be read in tandem or in sequence.

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About the Series: Phenomenology and the Positivist Intellect
At the start of the 17th century, science is conceived when mechanical philosophers define a positivist intellect, a cogito with an unquenchable will to know.
Two hundred years later, the distinction between a natural noumenon (the thing itself) and its phenomena (its observable and measurable facets) is codified as a slogan. A noumenon cannot be objectified as its phenomena. Hands-on scientists investigate phenomena. Visionary scientists virtually situate hands-on science by elevating models into laws, aiming to convert laws into things themselves.
In the early 20th century, Edmund Husserl counters visionary science. He fashions a method to return to the noumenon, by asking phenomena, "What do you want me to recognize as the thing itself?" Phenomenological reduction elucidates what the noumenon (of a natural science) must be.
This series offers commentaries that lead the reader further into the realities that phenomenology, visionary science and the postivist intellect engender. The relationships must be visualized. Peircean diagrams interweave with text.
For a list of works in the series, please consult the blog for May 03, 2022 at www.raziemah.com.

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