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On Science, Actual Science, as the Higher Becoming of Philosophy

by Correa, Paulo N. & Correa, Alexandra N.

Published in January 2002.     31 pages.

Philosophy of Science & the Politics of Thought

Monograph AS1-04

Price:   US $20   ($16 ISFA)


Knowledge can only bestow joy on Life if it provides the latter with provable certainties, not with probabilities or opinions - which are always based upon convictions. The project of knowledge is, in this sense, inseparable from the process of a natural philosophy that regards actual science as its higher or nobler becoming. It is this very conversion which is blocked by the notion that such a process would reduce the concept to a function or its functive - ie the conceptual being of a function. Actual science demands neither a reduction of energetic functions to symbolic referends, nor to logical propositions. Exoreferentiality is not a condition of physical science, and consistency is not solely a property of Logic, or even a logical property per se. Energetic functions have a consistency all their own, deploy it in open systems of endoreference, and constitute, therefore, machinic instances or event-particle emitters. There is no micrological rule that excludes machinic consistency from being the very fundamental property of a functionalist microphysics. Functional consistency cannot be amalgamated to logical consistency, anymore than reduced to a merely conceptual form of consistency. Such limitations can only serve to reconstitute 'the lie of ideals henceforth named truth' (Nietzsche) - precisely by infecting science with metaphysical black holes where transcendence can always be made to reside in a symbol, or in its lack. But science, actual science, can only aim at eradicating these disembodied functions that lack adequate concepts, as much as those concepts that are devoid of function.

In accordance with these precepts of the philosophy of Aetherometry, we propose the aetherometric concept of micrological functions, and define its basic characteristics from an energeticist perspective where all functions are seized as energy functions. We find that all manifolds constitute integral qualitative and quantitative multiplicities in a relation of continuity, and that it is the very principle of continuous variation that permits emission of invariants as special instances of discontinuity.