The Finite World

Posted on December 6, 2007


This is my proposal.  What we call rationality amounts to a description of the world’s finitude.   The act of understanding an object is constructed according to this finitude, which is to say, in that it grasps the object as finite – for the act of understanding that an object ‘is what it is’ – cannot be other than what it is – contains the rational ideal and, as I would say, creates what it is irremediably: as the very infinity of the finite.  The repeatable sense of the rational act is its ‘law’; where the law states that the object cannot be other than itself – infinitely.  (We can revisit the object.)  The law is of identity:  “An object is identical with itself.”  Think of the way that (for example) the understanding of physics tends to defy common sense.  The proposals of physics, while they use mathematical formulae, and understand repeatable effects from given inputs, do not follow through into a containable, repeatable, good sense.  No sort of connected sense is made by what is observed.  Its models break down.  I would argue that is because of the world’s finitude – the point of view from which we see things commonsensically – which as a reality is a form of socialisation.  This point of view exists because we need finite objects – because things ‘must be what they are’ – must fit with common sense – because we need to be able to talk to each other.  But it remains that the world so pictured doesn’t necessitate the place that we actually inhabit in its wider aspect.   We are like treacle being poured from a tin.  The treacle is aware, but the event of its being poured is so imperceptible that nothing seems to be happening.

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