Metaphysics and Transcendence

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6

Virtual reality metaphysics

Logic of metaphoric film

Stanley Cavell's (1979:158) work on the philosophy of film states that:

It is particularly worth cautioning against useless simplicity about this [i.e., 'the knowledge of the unsayable is the study of what Wittgenstein means by physiognomy'] because Wittgenstein's discussion of interpretation has what looks like a ready-made application to our knowledge of the subjects of film.

Cavell (1979:156) had just remarked that film 'escapes Aristotelian limits according to which the possible has to be made probable'. I wish to propose that this escape is also present in certain counter-intuitive complex transcendent concepts that mirror the remotest boundaries of actual states of affairs, one of which is the metaphysics of divine transcendence, a subset of which is revelation. It will be argued below that such phenomena can benefit in the way we attempt to depict them by employing film - in the sense of its being a subset of virtual reality simulation - as a version of extended live metaphor. Although the following concentrates on how live metaphor in language might be depicted as a vehicle for revelation and/or the expression of a transcendent metaphysics, its purpose is not to restrict the approach only to language as the medium for expressions of such realms. Rather, here language is taken to be a complex live metaphor of which linguistic expression is but one of many domains of semiotic function; others include music, dramatic contexts, etc. In a more extended scenario, a human's life, and certainly the incarnation, is presupposed here as a, or the, totalised group implementing these expressions.


Logical possibilities

As to relation between the possible and the probable and their visualisation, twentieth-century theology was adversely affected by analytical philosophy. This has often been by indirect osmosis by theologians, and only occasionally by direct incursion. How should we begin to measure, assess, dispute and reinterpret such a multifarious situation, as a contribution to ways forward for future theism? We could attend to the issue of how to represent human consciousness in its relations to possibility and actuality.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Acknowledgements xi
  • Part I - The Problem 1
  • Introduction 3
  • Part II - Prognosis 13
  • 1 - Complexities of Meaning 15
  • 2 - Simple-Minded Philosophy 30
  • 3 - Transcending Cultural Limits in Logic 53
  • Part III - Infinite Metaphysics 69
  • 4 - Philosophy of Mathematics, Mathematical Physics and Creativity 71
  • 5 - The Quality of Creative Language 93
  • 6 - Virtual Reality Metaphysics 123
  • Part IV - Real-World Solutions 141
  • 7 - Some Resurrection Logic 143
  • 8 - The Semantic Logic of 'God' 168
  • 9 - Modern Philosophy and Ancient Consciousness 192
  • 10 - Transcendent Reason 211
  • Notes 238
  • Bibliography 255
  • Indexes 270
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