Tabula Rasa & the Relation between Reasoning (inductive,deductive) and Cognitive theory; Or something like that, yo. Pt 1
So I’ve been reading into philosophy , an act incited by watching “Waking Life” for the nth time (Which I recommend if you haven’t seen it.) And I like to try to organize the most profound concepts in a synchronized system, that is, one with clear distinctions of origin and similarly purpose.
So we have; Metaphysics, Epistemology, Value Theory(ethics, aesethics, law, political), Science, Logic & Mathematics.
Now the problem I find, is that much of this has many ideas based in one another. Logic for instance can be understood as a causal creator or concept of reasoning in order to understand the rest. So the question I ask, is which comes first? I would say that the biggest influence upon our empirical/rational reasoning is the concept of self, ego, or I. Ultimately what we consider to be “us” in a conscious state.
If all reasoning comes from self, and is then perpetuated by sense and correlated back to self, at what point does truth cross between modes of subjectivity vs objectivity?
All systems of function or non function are equally grounded in their basis of self-counsciousness, correct?
Bah. I can’t organize my thoughts enough to think this through.
I wish that I could complete a degree in Philosophy. In reference to degree, I mean an entire 4-year venture.
But it seems this is somewhat problematic, as philosophy in itself does not provide the means of aquiring “currency”. I don’t believe this is substantial to say it lacks value, but rather material. It would seem anti pragmatic to major in Philosophy if I were unemployed and destitute, which I am.
But even then, is it not capable of being applied practically simply because no one has tried? Or am I simply afraid that I might fail and waste my time? Or could it be even deeper in that I fear not the success of obtaining a degree, but the inevitable adversity that is present in understanding a complex and often cryptic foreray of inaudible melodies.
I suppose that at the very least it serves a component to fortify a preexisting study, but what that of life itself, or an individuals living condition?
At other times, I wonder if my curiosity in simply existstent because of itself, maybe I find it an interesting subject that I admittedly do not whollley understand, and as such seek to know more, ever tempted by the sweet persuasion of obtaining an understanding of the vast unknown. Could then, a philosophy degree actually truncate my capability? Closing it off from the spontaneous influence of naivete and ignorance, that is present in many works of my self…
I dunno. Maybe I’m just lazy? XD