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11019Re: Noumenon not human or divine

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  • satz202
    Dec 1, 2002
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      Guys: not that I'm an expert or anything, but this seems to be a case
      of readers taking the term to fit their own desires. I don't think
      there is anything 'godlike' or divine about the Noumenon as described
      by Kant and Schopenhauer.
      I incline to the idea that the noumenon is , as swmaerske put
      it "undifferentiated mass of reality ". In other words, a
      transcendental material in the form of 'energy'. There is
      no 'otherness' about it, it's just the real world as it is beyond the
      filters of our own anthropic filters.
      So where did any idea of men living again creep in? Soul,
      Resurrection, survival of death, these are all accretions on the
      basic perception of KAnt that we only know the world through 4-
      dimensional lenses. I incline more towards Schopenhauer's view of the
      Noumenon as uncaring about humanity, if not downright hostile, as
      compared with Kant's preservation of God within his system.
      Anyone know the old Ray Milland movie "man with the x-ray eyes"? That
      seems to me to be an accurate allegory of the search for truth in its
      showing the underlying reality as unbearable and inspiring of 'dread'.
      Satz.

      --- In existlist@y..., "james tan" <tyjfk@h...> wrote:
      >
      > <<For me, noumenon is a blank place on our knowledge
      > map, a name for complete blankness (not even darkness since that is
      > already something we can conceive of). In a sense, it is closer to a
      > Wittgensteinian silence although I would argue one can, and we do,
      > engage with the idea through many of our activities, most notably
      the
      > religious and mystical ..>>
      >
      > yea, i am beginning to see the 'sense' of the concept of noumenon.
      i do
      > think the religious or mystical belong to this realm. at times i
      feel there
      > 'ought' to be some kind of supernatural being or god around, and
      just
      > because there is no empirical evidences for it may just pt to the
      limitation
      > of empiricism and not so much on the non-existence of such being.
      ur concept
      > of noumenon reminds me of godel's theorem: tt something can be true
      and yet
      > unprovable (at least within a certain system). this is a bit on the
      personal
      > side: i used to think i am christian, but 'backslided' because i
      have come
      > to the conclusion tt, empirically, naturally, historically, no man
      is able
      > to defeat death. in history, some man (eg, china's shi huang ti) so
      > desperately wanted to procure immortality tt they do everything in
      their
      > power, wealth, resoures (and some are huge) to get it, but failed
      (and they
      > all claimed they are gods). either i took "jesus is god" as the
      more basic
      > premise than "no man survive death", or the other way round,
      determines the
      > truthfulness of jesus' divinity. if i take jesus is god as the more
      > basic/fundamental premise, then it logically follows tt he survives
      death
      > (resurrect, ie, die first, then rose from death), since god by
      definition is
      > all powerful, even defeating death. but if i take the empirical
      statement,
      > tt no man is able to live forever, to be a more reasonable and
      fundamental
      > premise, then jesus' claim is obviously false. it is here tt ur
      concept of
      > noumenon reminds me of the possible limitation of the empirical
      approach;
      > ie, tt jesus is god could well be a more fundamental premise. as u
      > suggested, god's existence could belong to this realm. gee...
      enough of my
      > rambling.
      >
      > james.
      >
      >
      >
      > From: "swmaerske" <swmirsky@a...>
      > Reply-To: WisdomForum@y...
      > To: WisdomForum@y...
      > Subject: [WisdomForum] Re: Noumenon
      > Date: Sat, 23 Nov 2002 23:36:00 -0000
      >
      > Not sure if I do, to be frank, as have always found Kant rather
      tough
      > sledding. But I think I do. However, Karun Philip once offered a
      > slightly different "model" for what Kant had in mind as noumenon
      over
      > on the Critical Rationalism forum and I thought, when I saw it, that
      > jibed better with the way an old professor of mine had presented the
      > Kantian idea years ago, i.e., as a fluid-like undifferentiated mass
      > of reality that lies at the base of and ontologically precedes all
      > things we actually know via "direct" encounter. I do not use the
      term
      > in quite this way as I think it is already to describe noumenon in
      > some non-noumenous fashion to adopt such a view. But it may be that
      > this is closer to what Kant had in mind (at least as that professsor
      > had presented it). For me, noumenon is a blank place on our
      knowledge
      > map, a name for complete blankness (not even darkness since that is
      > already something we can conceive of). In a sense, it is closer to a
      > Wittgensteinian silence although I would argue one can, and we do,
      > engage with the idea through many of our activities, most notably
      the
      > religious and mystical and, more, that we can talk about it when
      > understood in this way. Of course, we don't get a lot of affirmative
      > mileage in terms of theory building out of such an idea. But that
      > doesn't mean there is not a place for it in our effort to understand
      > being as such. -- SWM
      >
      > --- In WisdomForum@y..., "james tan" <tyjfk@h...> wrote:
      > >
      > > just by the way, do u use "noumenon" in the same sense as kant's
      > > thing-in-themselves? just like to clarify the term.
      > >
      > > james.
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > > From: "swmaerske" <swmirsky@a...>
      > > Reply-To: WisdomForum@y...
      > > To: WisdomForum@y...
      > > Subject: [WisdomForum] Re: Noumenon
      > > Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2002 14:51:48 -0000
      > >
      > > To use the term "entity" would be a mistake. I am not talking
      about
      > > positing an entity though our language makes it sound as though I
      > am.
      > > Rather, I am talking about referencing a "placeholder". I admit,
      > this
      > > is very problematic when we try to put this into language and
      so, I
      > > suspect, religions and their practices developed to address just
      > this
      > > realization non-linguistically. Of course, we are language-using
      > > creatures and, as Wittgenstein made so clear (for some of us,
      > > anyway), we are inevtiably drawn to articulate our ideas in
      > language,
      > > in fact we are bound to do this. And so, the conundrum. Do we
      talk
      > > about something which does not lend itself to that or do we
      maintain
      > > a studied and pregnant silence? I think both modes work and can
      be
      > > made use of (contra Wittgenstein) but I think the talking part
      > > requires very careful use of language and inclusion of broader
      means
      > > of expression than language alone. (Of course, for
      philosophizing,
      > we
      > > have only language to rely on so, on this board, we are somewhat
      > > stuck.). -- SWM
      > >
      > > --- In WisdomForum@y..., "james tan" <tyjfk@h...> wrote:
      > > >
      > > > the opposite of phenomena is simply the absence of phenomena;
      to
      > > posit some
      > > > entity seems like a metaphysical mistake. the analogy with the
      > moon
      > > does not
      > > > stand because it is assuming tt there is a "dark side"
      although
      > we
      > > cant see
      > > > what is in there; my doubt is whether there is a dark side at
      all
      > > nevermind
      > > > what is there.
      > > >
      > > > james.
      > > >
      > > >
      > > >
      > > > From: "swmaerske" <swmirsky@a...>
      > > > Reply-To: WisdomForum@y...
      > > > To: WisdomForum@y...
      > > > Subject: [WisdomForum] Re: Noumenon
      > > > Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2002 14:09:26 -0000
      > > >
      > > > Eduard said: "I would take it that the term "noumenon"
      > > > is coined simply to provide us with a word that is opposite to
      > > > "phenomenon" ... in the same sense as one might say "the dark
      > side
      > > of
      > > > the moon" on the basis that surely the moon has another side
      > > although
      > > > we cannot see it."
      > > >
      > > > Yes, I would agree with this formulation. -- SWM
      > > >
      > > > --- In WisdomForum@y..., eduard <yeoman@v...> wrote:
      > > > > james,
      > > > >
      > > > > <<< if it is unknowable, then its existence is at best
      only a
      > > > > (theoretical) assumption, and as such its status
      > as "unknowable"
      > > is
      > > > a
      > > > > bit skewed towards its assumed existence rather than its
      > > > nonexistence,
      > > > > so tt if it cant be proved to exist, it is not so much tt
      it
      > > doesnt
      > > > > exist but the failure of our own human limitation. >>>
      > > > >
      > > > > It would seem to me that there is no other alternative.
      Our
      > > brains
      > > > > are sealed inside our skulls and do not have direct contact
      > with
      > > the
      > > > > world. Not only are our senses limited such that we
      cannot be
      > > sure
      > > > > that they are picking up all that may emitted by the
      object,
      > but
      > > the
      > > > > inputs from our senses have to be interpreted and much of
      this
      > > [if
      > > > not
      > > > > all] is based upon learning. I would take it that the
      > > > term "noumenon"
      > > > > is coined simply to provide us with a word that is
      opposite to
      > > > > "phenomenon" ... in the same sense as one might say "the
      dark
      > > side
      > > > of
      > > > > the moon" on the basis that surely the moon has another
      side
      > > > although
      > > > > we cannot see it. I think I will change the name of my
      > > philosophy
      > > > > from NOOism to NOUism ...
      > > > >
      > > > > eduard
      > > >
      > > >
      > > >
      > > >
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