Impetus and Equipoise in the Life-Strategies of Reason

Impetus and Equipoise in the Life-Strategies of Reason : Logos and Life Book 4

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Employing her original concept of the ontopoiesis of life, the author uncovers the intrinsic law of the primogenital logos - that which operates in the working of the indivisible dyad of impetus and equipoise. This is the crucial, intrinsically motivated device of logoic constructivism. This key instrument is engaged - is at play - at every stage of the advance of life. In a feat unprecedented in the history of western philosophy, the emergence and unfolding of the entire orbit of the human universe is shown to bear out this insight. Furthermore, the intrinsic rhythms of impetus and equipoise are taken as a guide in uncovering the workings of the logos all at once, in contrast to the piecemeal exposition of a single line of argument.
In a schema covering the entire career of beingness-in-becoming between the infinities of origin and destiny, an historically unprecedented harmonizing all sectors of rationality is accomplished in a span of reflection comparable to Spinoza's Ethics.
The work draws on interdisciplinary investigations in both science and the arts. All of the history of Occidental philosophy finds summary in it, even as feelers, guidelines, leitmotifs are thrown out for its future development. A landmark of Occidental philosophy at the turn of the millennium.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 684 pages
  • 152.4 x 220.98 x 44.45mm | 1,020.58g
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • English
  • Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2000
  • XXXVII, 684 p.
  • 0792367316
  • 9780792367314

Table of contents

Acknowledgements. In praise of philosophy. Introduction. Foreground. Following the logos through the labyrinth of life. Part One: From the elusive primeval logos to the open-ended great plan of life. 1. The primeval logos. 2. Life and non-life. 3. Life in its specifics. Tying point one. The manifestation of life through the nature-life complex and its radius. Nature-life. Part two: Embodiment and the transformation of sense. 1. The embodiment of the logoic life dynamics and the phases of the conversion of sense. 2. The gathering of the dynamic logoic threads. 3. The embodiment of the logos in the second phase: transformation of sense. 4. Voluminosity crystalizing the vital dimension of beingness. 5. The differentiation of the logos in constitutive and intelligible expression. Tying point two. Anticipating the manifestation of the logos of life. 1. Metaphysics of manifestation. Logos in the Individualization of Life, Sociability, Culture. 2. Spontaneity, constructive dynamism, and ciphering in the human condition. Part III: Manifestation and differentiation. 1. The surging manifestation of life. 2. The strategies of differentiation and harmony in the self-individualizing life process. 3. Ontopoietic diversity and the unity of apperception. Tying point three. The great plan of life anticipating the triadic logos. 1. The esoteric logos. 2. The great plan of life, the esoteric passion of the mind. Part IV: The emergence of the triadic logos: the turning point. 1. The manifestation of the intellection in the universe in the triadic logos: the turning point. 2. Knowledge and cognition in the self-individualizing progress of life. 3. The creative rise of the human spirit. Tying point four. The logos of subliminal passions - their crucial role in human self-interpretation in existence. 1. The passion for place as the thread leading out of the labyrinth of life. 2. Spacing/Scanning as the foundational function of individualization within the territory of life. 3. The release of subliminal yearnings. Part V: The promethean direction of the logos of life in quest of accomplishment. 1.The human self in the communal fabric. 2. From Husserl's formulation of the soul-body problem to the differentiation of faculties. 3. Telos and destiny. Tying point five. Introducing the measure: Chronos and Kairos. Introduction. Life's timing itself vs. the human esoteric passion for accomplishment. 1. Chronos and Kairos: ordering on the one side and radiating on the other. 2. Chronos and Kairos seen in their ontopoietic roles. Part VI: The strategies of impetus/equipoise in communal sharing-in-life. 1. The fulguration of the logos in the `overt' strategies of the existential interaction. The Communal Significance of Life. 2. The dialectic junction in the logoic strategies: moral law vs. commitment. 3. The creative forge of the logos within the human condition. The Twilight of Consciousness, the Human Virtues. 4. Moral and civic virtue as the bedrock of the manifest game of life, the cornerstone of dynamic social equipoise. Tying point six. The golden measure: toward a new enlightenment. The meta-ontopoietic closure. Notes. Index of names.
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