This 10,800 word essay builds on comments about Daniel Novotny’s study in scholasticism of the Baroque Era. The category-based nested form is used to model implicit and explicit abstraction. The first singularity comes into play. More
Primers 1-10 form a coherent set. Each develops concepts expressed in the foundatinal text: How to Define the Word “Religion”. Primer 11 differs. It addresses a key question about institutions Institutions compose the content-level of the society tier. The question concerns abstraction. It involves the first singularity. The first singularity is originally proposed in An Archaeology of the Fall. Here is the story: Humans evolved practicing implicit abstraction. Implicit abstraction fits hand and hand-speech talk. Explicit abstraction became available once humans adopted speech-alone talk. In our current Lebenswelt, humans speak through explicit abstraction and emotionally respond through implicit abstraction. No wonder we are so messed up. This primer joins comments on Novotny’s text. These constitute a home-schooling course at the high school and college levels. Comments on a book by John Deely completes this course. The title of the course is “Implicit and Explicit Abstraction”.
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About the Series: A Course on Implicit and Explicit Abstraction
This course opens the door to postmodern scholasticism. The Baroque scholastics (1580 to 1680AD) lived in Spain at the same time that Galileo, Descartes, and others founded the Age of Ideas. 300 years later, postmodern thought significantly overlaps with concerns of the Baroque scholastics. What is a mind-dependent being? What is abstraction? What is a sign? These are all covered in this course.