This paper is prolegomena to art’s transdisciplinarity, a project ontologically motivated through inquiry into the transcendental conditions of art. It opens with the question: “what does the socio-cultural world need to be like for art to have emerged and endured as a human activity and product?” A answer to this question, as retrodictive explanation (proper to critical realist social theory), is that art emerges as response to the tetra-arising matrix of certain …
If a simple epigram could sum up what is essential to thinking dialectically it should be that it is the art of thinking the coincidence of distinctions and connections. Its essence is fluidity structured around the hard core of the concept of absence and the 1M-4D relations it implicates. – Roy Bhaskar (1993, p. 190)
To my students
Technologically driven culture change, impoverishment of undergraduate and graduate education due to a focus on …
Part II: Dialoging Tools of Dialectic
Using a Short Table of Thought Forms
The reader now realizes that in order to understand the world around it, the thinking ego uses thought forms, and that grouped together thought forms make up a living, transformational system that increasingly develops over a person’s life time (“mind”).
Since the mind is a “system”, thought forms never exist in isolation; they are therefore always ready to be deepened, …
Part III: Teaching Programs for, and Applications of, Dialogical Dialectic
How to Develop a Teaching Program for Dialectical Thinking
Teaching dialectical thinking in a world dominated by logical thinking is a task of tall order. There is apparently no place for such thinking in a world governed by algorithms and formal- logical models.
At the same time, re-vitalizing dialectical thinking is of great value just because it provides a broadening of perspectives, not only …