Comments on Carlos Blanco-Perez's Essay (2018) "On the Principles of a Social Theory"

Carlos Blanco-Perez publishes an essay in the October 2018 issue of Cadmus. He identifies ten postulates essential for a viable social theory. Ironically, the word "essential" serves as a pivotal starting point for constructing a feedback loop that satisfies the 10 principles. The resulting model should prove useful for appreciating the nature of social theory. More

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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 (1600 to 1680AD) lived in Spain at the same time that Galileo, Descartes, and others founded the current Age of Ideas. Forgotten for 300 years, the Baroque scholastics re-emerge today. 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. Two books by philosophers are covered, one by Daniel Novotny and the other by John Deely. These may be purchased separately. Student instructions are in the commentaries. Start with Novotny and commentary, proceed to primer #11, then finish with Deely and commentary.

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About the Series: Empirio-schematics
In Philosophy of Nature (1935), Jacques Maritain wrestled with the modern sciences as opposed to traditions of natural philosophy, in particular, Aristotle. He considered the scholastic's concept of three degrees of abstraction: the physical, the typological and the extensive. Could these help in comprehending the differences?

If one considers judgment as a triadic relation, then it contains three elements: 'relation', 'what is' and 'what ought to be'. If one assigns Peirce's categories to each of these elements, then one makes an "actionable" judgment, capable of becoming a category-based nested form.

The three degrees of visualization associate to the three elements of judgment. Physical abstraction goes with 'what is'. Typological goes with 'what ought to be'. Extensive goes with 'relation'.

This model applies to Aristotle's judgment and injunction as well as the Positivist's judgment and empirio-schematics.

For students, the course begins with a sequential reading of Jacques Maritain's Philosophy of Nature followed by the commentary. Then, the student should read at least one application. The comments on Zuckerman, Li and Diener's article is the first application available.

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