Razie Mah

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What about An Archaeology of the Fall?
This work is both a story and an academic treatise. It is not for the faint of heart or mind. It upends familiar perspectives in both science and religion. The first movement, A, presents the gambit, a hypothesis explaining why our current Lebenswelt (living world) is not the Lebenswelt that we evolved in. The interlude, B, presents a university experience, a close reading of a text where presuppositions get all turned round. Most college students pass through four years of college without this experience. The third movement, A', returns to the gambit, but now within the active imagination. The early stories in Genesis are re-enacted on the celestial earth. By the time it is over, the reader will view both human evolution and the Genesis text in a new postmodern light. The beginning writes the end.
What about The First Singularity and Its Fairy Tale Trace?
This essay summarizes the central hypothesis in "An Archaeology of the Fall". The question it addresses is: Why civilization? Another way to put that is: Have humans passed through a singularity such that our current Lebenswelt (life world) is not the same as the Lebenswelt that we evolved in? The answer is yes. The potentiating factor is presented. This essay is ideal for classes on both human evolution and the Book of Genesis in the Bible. This essay should be contrasted with William Stone's article, "Adam and Modern Science", appearing in "Adam, the Fall and Original Sin" (2014: Baker Academic).
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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.
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.
Buttressing the Human Niche
The Human Niche stands on four commentaries on recent books of human evolution. The comments in this series examine other publications. Eventually, new literature will incorporate the hypothesis that humans adapted, and are still adapting, into the niche of triadic relations. These comments supplement the courses on the Human Niche and An Archaeology of the Fall.
Considerations of Jacques Maritain, John Deely and Thomistic Approaches to the Questions of These Times
Two models are used to appreciate the tendrils stretching from the present day into the oft forgotten Baroque and earlier scholastics of Christendom. These models are the triadic structure of judgment and the category-based nested form. Two recent thinkers stand out. One is Jacques Maritain, originally born in France. He came to Northern 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 also confronted the philosophers of the day. He did so in a very entertaining manner. Also, within this series, many articles from journals such as the American Catholic Philosophical Association, Faith and Philosophy, and others are commented upon, as well as Daniel Novotny excellent works on the Baroque scholastics. This series is not a course, but a place to sample ideas. I encourage readers to consider both the original and these comments. They may be read in tandem or in sequence.
Re-Articulations
Books and articles are reviewed, commented on, and re-articulated from semiotic and category-based perspectives. The results are sometimes surprising. This is a good place to sample ideas.
Reverberations of the Fall
The Fall of Adam and Eve is a fascinating topic. So is the hypothesis of the first singularity. ‘Our current Lebenswelt’ is not ‘the Lebenswelt that we evolved in’. Here, the reader will find comments and essays concerning the way that the myth and the singularity reverberate through time.
A Course on The Human Niche
What is an adaptation? What is a niche? The category-based nested form turns out to be useful in relating the two. An adaptation exploits a niche. A niche is the potential of an actuality independent of the adapting species. What is the human niche? What is the potential, independent of the hominins, that sculpts our ancestors through many generations? Foundational scientific hypotheses are packaged in works of art. Here is how to conduct a course for high school and college students. To start, all students should read and discuss A Primer on Natural Signs. The comments cover four books on human evolution. The student is to select two. If other students are in a seminar, they will select others. Read the book along with comments. A class of four students allows two to discuss each book. Finally, all students should read and discuss The Human Niche. Other works and comments will be added to the Human Development Series.

A Primer on Natural Signs

Price: $2.99 USD.
Intimations of Political Philosophy
Today, political philosophy may wonder about the object of its speculation. The sovereign is not the only one in the picture. History cannot be ignored. Sensible construction meets social construction in these comments and essays.
Comments on Thomas Hobbes Book (1651) The Leviathan Parts 1-4
Modernism belongs to the Age of Ideas. The Age of Ideas started in the 17th century. It recedes in the 21st. Thomas Hobbes’ Leviathan (1651) elevated sense-based impressions and sensible thought. This was the only way to arrive at correct definitions. Correct words produced understanding. Thomas Hobbes built a model of the subject and the commonwealth based on natural civil laws. He then defended his model against the work of contemporaries. Hobbes’ description of the subject and the commonwealth intimate the modern concepts of the citizen and the civil state. For that reason, he was called a monster. He is the prophet of the modern totalitarian state. My comments differ from modernist commentaries, which try to identify where Hobbes went wrong, his system of thought, and so on. Instead, I show that Hobbes’ models of speech and power are relational structures. How? I use category-based nested forms. Category-based nested forms were introduced in the foundational work: How To Define the Word “Religion”.
How to Define the Word "Gnosticism": A Short Course
These comments plus Burfeind's excellent book constitute a short course suitable for high school and college students. The seminar course will take around 6 weeks. The method for the course is read and discuss.
How to Define the Word "Religion" and Related Primers
This seminar course consists in How to Define the Word “Religion” plus the first 10 primers. The category-based nested form is developed and used to explain the meaning, presence and message underlying the word “religion”. The primers frame sensible and social construction. The primers then further elaborate the model for the presence underlying the word “religion”. They end with intimations of the perspective level of the society tier.
A Course of Study: An Archaeology of the Fall
An Archaeology of the Fall is a breakthrough text, presenting novel ideas in a dramatic setting. This book, plus related scriptures, serves as an ideal course for home schooling and private academies. It adds a perspective not permitted in state education, yet is both scientific and imaginative. The instructor's guide sets out the details of the course. See the crystallizations of the Fall series for a brief introduction to key ideas.

An Archaeology of the Fall

Price: $9.99 USD.
Crystallizations of the Fall
These essays set ideas from the masterwork, An Archaeology of the Fall, as gems in an alternate metal. These crystallizations encourage the wary reader to gaze upon a work that opens like a lockbox of riches. The First Singularity and its Fairy Tale Trace lays out the central hypothesis, simply and boldly. Comments on Original Sin and Original Death, Romans 5:12-19, skewers the hypothesis right onto the pen of Paul. Theologians may laugh, but hey, how many scientific hypothesis have caused a re-imagining of the Bible? And this one is a dazzling. If the First Singularity points to the stories of Adam and Eve, and visa versa, then the scholar has brought out of his treasure something old and something new. Behold! Evolution comes with a twist.

Books

Comments on Carlos Blanco-Perez's Essay (2018) "On the Principles of a Social Theory"
Series: A Course on Implicit and Explicit Abstraction · Empirio-schematics. Price: $2.15 USD. Words: 5,990. Language: English. Published: December 8, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Social Science » Anthropology, Nonfiction » Philosophy » Social
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.
Comments on Egil Asprem and Ann Taves’s Essay (2018) "Explanation and the Study of Religion"
Series: Empirio-schematics. Price: $2.00 USD. Words: 4,840. Language: English. Published: November 10, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Social Science » Anthropology, Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Religion & Science
In 2018, Egil Asprem, at Stockholm University and Ann Taves, at University of California at Santa Barbara, publish the essay “Explanation and the Study of Religion”. My comments examine this article using models developed in comments on Wayne Proudfoot’s book, Religious Experience, and Jacques Maritain’s book, Natural Philosophy.
Comments on David Reich's Book (2018) Who We Are and How We Got Here
Series: Buttressing the Human Niche. Price: $2.25 USD. Words: 6,030. Language: English. Published: October 27, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Science & Nature » Evolution, Nonfiction » Social Science » Anthropology
David Reich, Harvard geneticist, updates the vision of Luca Cavalli-Sforza, who first explored the idea that our genetics may provide insight into human evolution and prehistory. The techniques for DNA sequencing and mathematical modeling substantially improved over the past decades. These comments examine Reich's update through the lens of the hypotheses of the human niche and first singularity.
Comments on Boris Hennig's Essay (2008) "Substance, Reality and Distinctness"
Series: Considerations of Jacques Maritain, John Deely and Thomistic Approaches to the Questions of These Times. Price: $1.80 USD. Words: 4,910. Language: English. Published: September 2, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Philosophy » European philosophy, Nonfiction » Philosophy » Religious philosophy
Boris Hennig, at Humbolt University in Berlin, writes about Descartes' view of substance. Descartes emphasizes distinctness and realness. Descartes applies the concept to God. These comments follow Hennig's argument in order to show how Descartes alters the word-scape of medieval scholasticism and sets the stage for empirio-schematic judgment.
Comments on Miguel Espinoza's Essay (2012) "Physics and the Intelligibility of Nature"
Series: Re-Articulations · Considerations of Jacques Maritain, John Deely and Thomistic Approaches to the Questions of These Times. Price: $2.00 USD. Words: 3,750. Language: English. Published: August 12, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Science & Nature » Philosophy of Science, Nonfiction » Philosophy » Criticism
Miguel Espinoza, French philosopher, publishes his essay in Teorema (vol 31(1) pp 75-97), critiquing the arguments of Emile Meyerson (1854-1933), a contemporary of neo-Thomist Jacques Maritain. My comments re-articulate this article using models of empirio-schematic and Positivist judgment.
Comments on Jeremy Cohen's Essay (1980) "Original Sin as The Evil Inclination"
Series: Reverberations of the Fall. Price: $2.00 USD. Words: 4,520. Language: English. Published: August 11, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Christian Theology / Apologetics, Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Judaism / Theology
Jeremy Cohen, writing at Cornell University, publishes his essay in the Harvard Theological Review (vol 73(3/4) pp 495-520). He raises three concentric questions, leading to a comparison of Christian doctrine of original sin and the Jewish concept of the evil inclination. My comments examine this article using the category-based nested form and the first singularity.
Comments on Paul Cobley's Essay (2018) "Human Understanding: A Key Triad"
Series: Re-Articulations · Considerations of Jacques Maritain, John Deely and Thomistic Approaches to the Questions of These Times. Price: $2.00 USD. Words: 3,600. Language: English. Published: August 5, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Epistemology, Nonfiction » Literary criticism » Semiotics & Theory
Paul Cobley, at Middlsex University, composes a remembrance for John Deely, by reviewing one of many innovative notions. These comments re-articulate this article using the category-based nested form. Deely's triad consists of actualities in an interscope.
Comments on David McNeill's Book (2012) How Language Began
Series: Buttressing the Human Niche. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,100. Language: English. Published: July 8, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Science & Nature » Evolution, Nonfiction » Philosophy » Language
David McNeill, Professor at the University of Chicago, has been publishing books on the unity of speech and gesture, starting in 1992 with the book: Hand and Mind. He approaches the evolution of talk from the view of the U of C's language lab. Why do people gesture when they speak? Is this an evolved trait? These comments re-articulate McNeill's work using the category-based nested form.
Comments on Zuckerman, Li and Diener's Article (2018) "Religion as an Exchange System"
Series: Empirio-schematics. Price: $2.25 USD. Words: 10,460. Language: English. Published: July 4, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Social Science » Sociology, Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » Home schooling
Miron Zuckerman, Chen Li and Ed Diener publish "Religion as An Exchange System: The Interchangeability of God and Government in a Provider Role" in The Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. I re-articulate this work using category-based models of Darwinian evolution and empirio-schematic inquiry.
Comments on Jacques Maritain's Book (1935) Philosophy of Nature
Jacques Maritain, bless his soul, strove to recover a scholastic philosophy of nature at the apex of modernism. How is a philosophy of nature related to science, on the one hand, and metaphysics, on the other? These comments re-articulate and explore Maritain's work using a model of judgment as a triadic relation, plus the category-based nested form.
Comments on Sasha Newell's Article (2018) "The Affectiveness of Symbols"
Series: Re-Articulations. Price: $1.80 USD. Words: 6,510. Language: English. Published: April 8, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Social Science » Anthropology, Nonfiction » Science & Nature » Anthropology
In the February 2018 issue of Current Anthropology, Sasha Newell, a Professor in Brussels, Belgium, publishes an essay with the subtitle, "Materiality, Magicality, and the Limits of the Antisemiotic Turn". These comments re-articulate Newell's argument using models based on the category-based nested form. In the process, the interventional sign is discovered.
Comments on George Murphy's Article (2018) "The Nuts and Bolts of Creation"
Series: Reverberations of the Fall. Price: $1.80 USD. Words: 6,140. Language: English. Published: April 7, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Religion & Science, Nonfiction » Philosophy » Religious philosophy
Rev. George Murphy, M.Div. and Ph.D. (Physics), investigates resonances between the Christian doctrine of creation and scientific knowledge. He has done so for 40 years. These comments re-articulate his argument using a category-based model of "the object that brings all into relation", expressed in the highest level of the society tier, for the presence underlying the word "religion".
Speculations on Thomism and Evolution
Michael Chaberek, O.P., publishes a book titled Aquinas and Evolution (2017). The next year, Nicanor Austriaco, O.P., responds in the Witherspoon Institute's Public Discourse Forum, defending "Thomistic Evolution". This essay re-articulates the concepts in this defense, relying of the category-based nested form. In the end, living forms are rendered as mysteries compatible with the Word.
Comments on Cheong Lee's Essay (2018) "Peirce's Theory of Interpretation"
Series: Re-Articulations. Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 3,110. Language: English. Published: March 17, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Aesthetics, Nonfiction » Philosophy » Movements / Pragmatism
Cheong Lee publishes his essay in Conteporary Pragmatism (15(1):1-14). The author explores Peirce's theory of interpretation, touching base with several modern semioticians along the way. These comments examine the argument backwards, using the category-based nested form. Interpretation informs aesthetics.
The Human Niche
Series: A Course on The Human Niche. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 14,210. Language: English. Published: February 6, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Science & Nature » Evolution, Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » Home schooling
What is an adaptation? What is a niche? The category-based nested form turns out to be useful in relating the two. An adaptation exploits a niche. A niche is the potential of an actuality independent of the adapting species. What is the human niche? What is the potential, independent of the hominins, that sculpts humanity through many generations. Here is a scientific hypothesis.
Comments on Derek Bickerton's Book (2014) More than Nature Needs
Series: A Course on The Human Niche. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,490. Language: English. Published: February 4, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Science & Nature » Evolution, Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » Home schooling
These comments address a 2014 book by a linguist, Derek Bickerton, on the evolution of language and mind. My goal is to re-articulate the author's arguments using the category-based nested form and the first singularity.
Comments on Robert Berwick and Noam Chomsky's Book (2016) Why Only Us?
Series: A Course on The Human Niche. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,490. Language: English. Published: February 4, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Science & Nature » Evolution, Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » Home schooling
Robert Berwick and Noam Chomsky's book, Why Only Us?, is subtitled: Language and Evolution. This collection of essays addresses the evolution of language from the point of view of computational systems and generative grammar, the expertise of each author respectively. These comments offer a category-based alternative.
A Primer on Natural Signs
Series: A Course on The Human Niche. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,740. Language: English. Published: February 3, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Social Science » Sociology, Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » Home schooling
Signs are triadic relations. Natural signs vary on the basis of the qualities of their sign-object. Icons are based on similarity. Indexes are founded on pointing. Symbols are built on convention. Each of these sign-qualities comes into play in the evolution of human language and religion. So, an understanding of natural signs is crucial for the postmodern human sciences.
Comments on Steven Mithen's Book (1996) The Prehistory of The Mind
Series: A Course on The Human Niche. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,680. Language: English. Published: February 3, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Science & Nature » Evolution, Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » Home schooling
These comments address a book by an archaeologist, Steven Mithen, about human evolution. Mithen presents two evocative analogies for the mental evolution of hominins. The first is a play in four acts. The second is the historical evolution of church architecture. This work comments using the special vocabulary of the category-based nested form. The human niche is proposed.
Comments on Clive Gamble, John Gowlett and Robin Dunbar’s Book (2014) Thinking Big
Series: A Course on The Human Niche. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 10,270. Language: English. Published: January 4, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Science & Nature » Evolution, Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » Home schooling
These comments address a 2014 book by three British researchers, on the evolution of language and mind. The subtitle is: How the Evolution of Social Live Shaped the Human Mind. My goal is to re-articulate their arguments using the category-based nested form and the first singularity.
Comments on Stephen Greenblatt’s Book (2017) The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve
Series: Reverberations of the Fall. Price: $1.80 USD. Words: 5,820. Language: English. Published: November 21, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Biblical Meditations / General, Nonfiction » Philosophy » Religious philosophy
This work comments on a book written by Stephen Greenblatt under the title, The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve, published by W.W. Norton Press. My goal is to examine this work from the perspective of the First Singularity. The hypothesis of the First Singularity addresses the question: Why is our current Lebenswelt not the same as the Lebenswelt that we evolved in?
Comments on James V. Schall S.J.’s (2017) Political Philosophy and Catholicism
Series: Intimations of Political Philosophy · Considerations of Jacques Maritain, John Deely and Thomistic Approaches to the Questions of These Times. Price: $1.80 USD. Words: 2,890. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Political, Nonfiction » Philosophy » Methodology
This essay comments on a short article appearing in The Catholic Social Science Review (vol. 22, 2017, pages 147-156). The goal is to re-articulate the argument using the primal triad of judgment and the category based nested form.
Comments on Dennis Venema and Scot McKnight’s Book (2017) Adam and the Genome
Series: Reverberations of the Fall. Price: $2.40 USD. Words: 9,330. Language: English. Published: June 24, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Christian Theology / Anthropology, Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Religion & Science
These comments address a book by geneticist, Dennis Venema, and theologian, Scot McKnight. Venema establishes that Adam and Eve cannot be the actual parents of all humans. McKnight establishes the stories of Adam and Eve are written in styles and themes of ancient Near East literature. My goal is to re-articulate their arguments using the category-based nested form and the first singularity.
Comments on Daniel Novotny’s Essay (2017) Izquierdo on Universals
Disputation 17 of the Baroque scholastic treatise The Lighthouse of the Sciences (1659) covers the topic of universals. Sebastian Izquierdo wrote the treatise. Daniel Novotny published a summary in the Spring 2017 issue of the American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly. My comments demonstrate the postmodern relevance of this topic, using the category-based nested form.
Comments on Tomas Bogardus and Mallorie Urban’s Essay (2017) How to Tell...
Series: Re-Articulations. Price: $1.80 USD. Words: 4,960. Language: English. Published: May 14, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Comparative Religion, Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Theology
This work comments on an essay published by Tomas Bogardus and Mallorie Urban in the Spring 2017 edition of Faith and Philosophy: Journal of the Society of Christian Philosophers (volume 34(2), pages 176-200), under the title, “How to Tell Whether Christians and Muslims Worship the Same God”. My goal is to re-articulate this work in the specialized language of the category-based nested form.
Comments on Joshua Lee Harris’s Essay (2017) Analogy in Aquinas
This work comments on an essay published by Joshua Lee Harris in the January 2017 edition of Faith and Philosophy: Journal of the Society of Christian Philosophers (volume 34(1), pages 33-56), under the title, “Analogy in Aquinas: The Alston-Wolterstorff Debate Revisited”. My goal is to re-articulate Harris’s work in the specialized language of the category-based nested form.
Comments on James Madden’s Essay (2017) A Thomistic Theory of Intentionality
This work comments on an essay by James D. Madden published in the Winter 2017 edition of The American Catholic Quarterly. The essay is titled, “Is a Thomistic Theory of Intentionality Consistent with Physicalism?” My goal is to re-articulate the argument in the specialized language of the category-based nested form.
Comments on Andrew Hollingsworth’s Paper (2016) Ecos of Meaning
This essay comments on Andrew Hollingworth’s presentation at the annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society (2016) in San Antonio. His paper is subtitled Umberto Eco’s Semiotic Theory for Theological Hermeneutics. The category-based nested form is used to model features of Umberto Eco’s semiotic theory. These models are applied to an example.
Comments on Father Reniero Cantalamessa’s (2016) Fourth Advent Sermon
Series: Re-Articulations. Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 4,550. Language: English. Published: February 11, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Christian Theology / Anthropology, Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Religion & Science
This essay comments on Father Raniero Cantalamessa’s advent sermon for the Pontifical Household. The lecture is on the nature of Mary in regards to Christmas. My goal is to re-articulate the argument in the specialized language of the category-based nested form.
Comments on George Weigel’s Book (2007) Faith, Reason and the War against Jihadism
Series: Intimations of Political Philosophy. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 19,140. Language: English. Published: January 15, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Religious philosophy, Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Theology
This 19,200 word essay comments on George Weigel’s book, published at the end of the administration of President George Bush. The category-based nested form lays out relational structures. Theology runs beneath the surface of Weigel’s 15 lessons.
Comments on Thomas Hobbes Book (1651) The Leviathan Part 4
Series: Comments on Thomas Hobbes Book (1651) The Leviathan Parts 1-4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 10,900. Language: English. Published: November 25, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Social Science » Sociology, Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » Home schooling
This 10,900 word comment applies the category-based nested forms to Hobbes’ ideas. In Part 3, Hobbes details his ideas on the Christian commonwealth. Christians are empowered to counsel the sovereign, nothing more. In Part 4, Hobbes combats other ideas about the relation between religion and politics.
Comments on Thomas Hobbes Book (1651) The Leviathan Part 3
Series: Comments on Thomas Hobbes Book (1651) The Leviathan Parts 1-4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 16,570. Language: English. Published: November 25, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Social Science » Sociology, Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » Home schooling
This 16,600 word comment applies the category-based nested forms to Hobbes’ ideas. In Part 3, Hobbes turns to scripture in order to confirm his model of the subject and the commonwealth. The category-based nested form is used to show the relations within his models.
Comments on Thomas Hobbes Book (1651) The Leviathan Part 2
Series: Comments on Thomas Hobbes Book (1651) The Leviathan Parts 1-4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 12,270. Language: English. Published: November 25, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Social Science » Sociology, Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » Home schooling
This 12,300 word comment applies the category-based nested forms to Hobbes’ ideas. In the part on the commonwealth, the reader learns that the sovereign rules the subject based on 3 natural laws. Part 2 ends with a description of the civil state.
Comments on Thomas Hobbes Book (1651) The Leviathan Part 1
Series: Comments on Thomas Hobbes Book (1651) The Leviathan Parts 1-4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 16,110. Language: English. Published: November 25, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Social Science » Sociology, Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » Home schooling
This 16,200 word comment applies the category-based nested forms to Hobbes’ ideas. How does Hobbes depict the difficult relations between subject and sovereign in the society tier? He portrays them as natural phenomena. Each person is an institution. The sovereign is the commonwealth. Three natural laws generate the commonwealth.
Comments on Fr. Dan Pattee’s Essay (2016) Social Justice and Catholic Social Thought
Series: Intimations of Political Philosophy. Price: $1.25 USD. Words: 4,370. Language: English. Published: November 19, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Social, Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » Essays
This 4400 word essay applies the category-based nested form to an essay by Fr. Dan Pattee, T.O.R., entitled “Social Justice and Catholic Social Thought”, appearing in The Catholic Social Science Review (volume 21, pages 99-115).
Comments on Eric Santner’s Book (2016) The Weight of All Flesh
Series: Intimations of Political Philosophy. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 23,620. Language: English. Published: November 17, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Political, Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » Essays
This 23,700 word essay comments on Eric Santners’s book, subtitled On the Subject-Matter of Political Economy. The category-based nested form is used to model features of Santner’s directed associations. These models complement the text.
Comments on Peter Burfeind’s Book (2014) Gnostic America
Series: How to Define the Word "Gnosticism": A Short Course · Intimations of Political Philosophy. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 23,040. Language: English. Published: August 15, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Religious philosophy, Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » Home schooling
This 23,100 word essay comments on Peter Burfeind’s book, concerning a resurgent Gnosticism in contemporary America. The category-based nested form is used to model the Gnostic origin myth. This model is then compared to other features of contemporary Gnosticism.
Comments on John Deely's Book (1994) New Beginnings
This 9,900 word essay comments on John Deely’s analysis of scholasticism of the Baroque Era. The category-based nested form is used to model arguments about the causality inherent in triadic signs. In particular, Suarez’s interscope for ens rationis applies.
A Primer on Implicit and Explicit Abstraction
Series: A Course on Implicit and Explicit Abstraction. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 10,720. Language: English. Published: June 26, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Logic, Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » Home schooling
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.
Comments on Daniel Novotny’s Book (2013) Ens Rationis from Suarez to Caramuel
This 14,800 word essay comments on Daniel Novotny’s study in scholasticism of the Baroque Era. The category-based nested form is used to model arguments about beings of reason (by Suarez, Hurtado, Mastri, Belluto and Caramuel). Implicit and explicit abstraction are modeled along the way.
Comments on Roger Teichmann’s Article (2016) The Identity of a Word
Series: Considerations of Jacques Maritain, John Deely and Thomistic Approaches to the Questions of These Times. Price: $1.25 USD. Words: 3,010. Language: English. Published: March 20, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Language, Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » Essays
This 3100 word essay comments on an article appearing in the winter 2016 issue of The American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly (Volume 90). The article is titled, The Identity of a Word. The author of the article is Roger Teichmann, a professor at St. Hilda’s College, University of Oxford in Oxford, United Kingdom.
Comments on “A Bio-Cultural-Historical Approach to the Study of Development (2016)”
Series: Re-Articulations. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 5,310. Language: English. Published: November 27, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Psychology » Developmental / general, Essay » Sociology
This 5600 word commentary summarizes, comments on, and re-articulates Michael Cole’s and Martin Packer’s essay “A Bio-Cultural Historical Approach to the Study of Development”, slated to appear in volume 6 of Handbook of Advances in Culture and Psychology, edited by M. J. Gelfand, C. Chui and Y. Hong.
A Primer on Another Infrasovereign Religion
Series: How to Define the Word "Religion" and Related Primers. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,670. Language: English. Published: June 14, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Social Science » Sociology, Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » Home schooling
This 3700 word primer is the tenth in a series on the category-based nested forms. A nested form model for “the presence underlying the word ‘religion’” may be constructed of three tiers of interscopes. The third tier is the society tier. In this primer, the entire society tier comes into view.
A Primer on Classical Political Philosophy
Series: How to Define the Word "Religion" and Related Primers. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,100. Language: English. Published: June 14, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Social Science » Sociology, Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » Home schooling
This primer is the ninth in a series on the category-based nested forms. A nested form model for “the presence underlying the word ‘religion’” may be constructed of three tiers of interscopes. The third tier is the society tier. Institutions occupy the content level. The sovereign occupies the situation level. Classical political philosophy questions the situation. Is there a perspective?
A Primer on a Contemporary Infrasovereign Religion
Series: How to Define the Word "Religion" and Related Primers. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,180. Language: English. Published: June 6, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Social Science » Sociology, Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » Home schooling
This primer is the eighth in a series on the category-based nested forms. A nested form model for “the presence underlying the word ‘religion’” may be constructed of three tiers of interscopes. The third tier is the society tier. Institutions occupy the content level. The sovereign occupies the situation level. Infrasovereign religions are “institutions that can grasp for sovereign power”.
Lessons 25-36 for Instructor’s Guide to An Archaeology of the Fall and Related Scriptures
Series: A Course of Study: An Archaeology of the Fall. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 27,180. Language: English. Published: May 24, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » Home schooling, Nonfiction » Social Science » Anthropology
This is the third of three sets of lessons for a course on this work and related scriptures.
Lessons 13-24 for Instructor’s Guide to An Archaeology of the Fall and Related Scriptures
Series: A Course of Study: An Archaeology of the Fall. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 24,770. Language: English. Published: May 24, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » Home schooling, Nonfiction » Social Science » Anthropology
This is the second of three sets of lessons for a course on this work and related scriptures. The course is suitable for high school and college students.
Lessons 1-12 for Instructor’s Guide to An Archaeology of the Fall and Related Scriptures
Series: A Course of Study: An Archaeology of the Fall. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 19,480. Language: English. Published: May 24, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » Home schooling, Nonfiction » Social Science » Anthropology
An Archaeology of the Fall is groundbreaking. This is the first of three sets of lessons for a course on this work and related scriptures. The course is suitable for high school and college students. The instructor’s guide offers programmatic questions (and answers) that should stimulate conversation. The questions flow from the structure category-based nested form.
Comments on Religious Experience (1985) by Wayne Proudfoot
Series: Re-Articulations. Price: $3.59 USD. Words: 19,140. Language: English. Published: May 13, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Religion & Science, Nonfiction » Social Science » Anthropology
In 1986, Proudfoot won a book award for “Religious Experience” from the American Academy of Religion. The Professor of Religion at Columbia University critically examined the 180 year old claims of Friedrich Schleiermacher. This work examines Proudfoot’s writing through association with category-based nested forms. This work will interest anyone interested in the religious experience.
A Primer on How Institutions Think
Series: How to Define the Word "Religion" and Related Primers. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,380. Language: English. Published: April 28, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Social Science » Sociology, Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » Home schooling
This primer is the seventh in a series on the category-based nested forms. A nested form model for “the presence underlying the word ‘religion’” may be constructed of three tiers. Each tier contains an interscope. The interscope for the third tier, the society tier, starts with the institution level. Mary Douglas’ book “How Institutions Think” is reviewed.
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