1

Apologies if this is original, it may or may not already exist (I've no idea), but it may also be a restatement of an ontology like Meinong's jungle. It contemplates a conception of concentric spheres of mental activity. While it immediately sounds like some form of idealism, note it may readily apply to the mental side of Dualism and so too a psychological aspect within Materialism. Here are the domains (note their order of preeminence may be adjusted to suite the philosophic paradigms above):

Creative: This domain brings new things into the world. It has some alignment with Kant's a priori, but note: not synthetic. From Meinong's ontology it's closest association is with "Absistence"(Gegebenheit), but not square-circles(etc.) since those are syncretic. As it relates to conscious thinking: we don't very much here, it is the "zone", we do rather than think.

Reflective/Theoretical: This is the "real" thinking place, we are aware of awareness, it is sapience. Here we contemplate experience, synthesize, organize, name things real or abstract, (someone even made a square-circle). It is Meinong's "Subsistence"(Bestand) but also a bit of "Absistence" and, some say, it also "Exist". It takes input from both Creative and Concrete, thus it is most of all Kant's a posteriori.

Empiric/Concrete: This is what we find and leave behind, that which persist. Meinong's "Existence". For Kant it is what comes before the posterior... We do think here but not with self-awareness, this is mostly sentience.


Question: Is there an ontology resembling the above?

  • 1
    Very generally you may want to know something of JN Findlay’s journey. plato.stanford.edu/entries/findlay/index.html – Gordon Nov 25 '19 at 22:47
  • This remidns me not so much an ontology as Bloom's taxonomy of cognitive skills used in education. – Conifold Nov 26 '19 at 4:30
  • It appears to take the existence of empirical objects as a given and to say nothing about ontology except to endorse Realism. . . . – user20253 Nov 27 '19 at 13:08
  • @PeterJ Empirical objects are persistent, that is the observer gives way to an observer. – christo183 Nov 27 '19 at 14:09

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.