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Nagarjuna’s Doctrine of Two Worlds and Two Truths and the Reason Why Words that are Rigorously True Seem Paradoxical

The second century CE Buddhist philosopher-sage Nagarjuna is famous for his philosophical exposition of the Buddha’s teachings and for his explanation of its philosophical foundation. The language of Buddhism is riddled through with paradox and contradiction and in his Fundamental Versus on the … Continue reading

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Logic and Spirituality: The Dream Team

It may appear that by defending metaphysics and human reason so vigorously on this blog I am overvaluing the role of the intellect on the path to liberation. Far from it. It is just that the blog is about how to do … Continue reading

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Do We Regularly Make a Mistake in Metaphysics?

We should cherish metaphysics for its power to overcome false views and yet we admonish it for its ongoing failure. Is it possible that this is for the embarrassingly simple reason that we usually ignore Aristotle’s definition for a true contradictory … Continue reading

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Mathematics, Theism, Psychology and Logic: Examining a Shared Problem

It is fortunate that metaphysics requires little mathematics. What it does require would be crucial, indispensable, but the boundary between the two lies deep in the foundations of mathematics where the main issues can usually be stated in elementary arithmetical … Continue reading

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The Simplicity of Metaphysics

I took up my investigation of metaphysics quite late in life, and right from the start my intention was to simplify it. A background in management had taught me that a good decision depends entirely on having a clear understanding … Continue reading

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Common Philosophical Mistakes I – Abusing the Laws of Dialectic Logic

This post has been deleted as it has been submitted for publication. I’ve left it up with this note so that the discussion in the comments section can continue. I will reinstate it if it is not published.

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The Logic of Spencer Brown and an Unlikely Phone Call

A few posts back I told the story of my introduction to Bertrand Russell’s symbolic logic in Russell’s Logic and an Invitation to Tea. https://theworldknot.wordpress.com/2013/10/31/russells-logic-and-an-invitation-to-tea/ I mentioned that there was a sequel, and here it is. About twenty-five years after … Continue reading

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On the Importance of Metaphysics

By way of advertising here is a short extract from my essay From Metaphysics to Mysticism.  Personal blogs are often unreliable so I’ll mention that this was a dissertation and was judged rigorous by an academic panel, so that if … Continue reading

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Russell’s Logic and an Invitation to Tea

It was with a steadily increasing nervousness that I followed the porter’s directions and approached my teatime appointment with the Head of Philosophy. Right from the start I had been anxious, from the moment the invitation had arrived, and now, … Continue reading

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