Metaphysics and Ecology

30 May 2011

Monday


It is not enough to understand things separately, in isolation. To consider things apart from their context and understand them in isolation is the definition of abstraction. A further effort must be made to understand things taken together, concretely, on the whole.

This imperative of understanding, to see things whole, when extended and extrapolated to its logical conclusion gives us metaphysics. The same imperative of understanding when extended and extrapolated to its empirical conclusion gives us ecology. That is to say, metaphysics and ecology follow from the same intellectual imperative.

Metaphysics is a priori ecology; ecology is a posteriori metaphysics.

The two ways of thought — the metaphysical and the ecological — are structurally equivalent ways of understanding the world, and only differ in the perspective that each brings to understanding.

The paradox and the challenge of metaphysics is to think the concrete abstractly; the paradox and the challenge of ecology is to think the abstract concretely.

Thus metaphysical ecology appears as the most comprehensive species of thought, equally extended by both logical and empirical methods, and benefiting both from metaphysics’ abstract perspective on the concrete and ecology’s concrete perspective on the abstract.

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