THE WAY OF BEING

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Anil Mitra © February 20, 2019—March 20, 2019

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CONTENTS

Notation

† Marks sections essential to The Way (†† says all subsections are essential to The Way and/or essay).

* Signifies material explicitly about personal experience.

Preface††

The Way

The essay

General

The essay

Influences

Kinds of reader: how to read the essay

General

Academic

Discovery

Resources

Prologue

The way in

A personal journey*

An approach to destiny

Imperative†

What shall we do in this life?

An imperative

The means

The fundamental principle of metaphysics††

The principle

Is the principle new?

Objections and resolutions

Science, religion, culture, and their limits

A double bind

Model structures of the world

The world†

Being††

The concept of Being

Abstraction

Experience

Meaning

Concept meaning

From concept to linguistic meaning

Linguistic conceptual meaning

Significant meaning

The place of meaning††

Metaphysics†

The concept of metaphysics

A pure ultimate metaphysics

The perfect metaphysics

Abstract objects

What is knowledge?

Human knowledge and action

Logic, science, mathematics

Knowledge

Logic and science

Mathematics

Uniform basis for logic, mathematics, and science

Abstract and concrete sciences

Epistemology

Ethics and aesthetics

Introduction

The metaphysics of ethics

Ethics of realization

Ethical imperatives related to realization

Local ethics

Ethics and the world

Cosmology

What is cosmology?

Principles

General cosmology††

Abstract objects

A block universe

Cosmology of form and formation††

Being, space, and time

Dynamics of Being

Psychology

Reason††

The concept of reason

Sources—reason in the traditions, reflection, experiment, and the metaphysics

Reason

Review of reason and metaphysics

A system of knowledge, reason, and action

The system

Humanities

Realms of the world

General and abstract sciences and method

Concrete sciences

Natural sciences

Social sciences and studies

Instrumental vs immersive approach

Our world

The Way††

Aim of Being

Means

General

Particular

Integration

Path††

Everyday template

Universal template

Metaphysics revisited

About metaphysics

Foundations of metaphysics

Epilogue

We are always at the beginning

Looking forward

Perspective: Destiny

Perspective: Being

In closing

An in process narrative

Where I am now*

The journey continues*

Resources for The Way

Purpose

Reading and experience

The Internet

The Way of Being website

The universal and everyday templates

The concepts

Themes and subjects amplified

Design

The Way

Realization

Website and essays

Essay template

Print and publication

 

THE TEMPLATE

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Notation

† Marks sections essential to The Way (†† says all subsections are essential to The Way and/or essay).

Absence of † and †† does not imply lack of general importance.

* Signifies material explicitly about personal experience.

Such sections occur only in the Prologue and Epilogue.

Preface††

The Way

The essay

General

The essay

Influences

Kinds of reader: how to read the essay

General

Academic

Discovery

Resources

Prologue

The way in

A personal journey*

An approach to destiny†

Imperative

What shall we do in this life?

An imperative

The means

The fundamental principle of metaphysics††

The principle†

Is the principle new?

Objections and resolutions

Science, religion, culture, and their limits

Science

The fallacy of the paradigm

Religion

Culture

A double bind

Model structures of the world

An experiential map

A metaphysical map

The world†

Being††

The concept of Being

Preliminary

The concepts of Being and beings

The conceptual force of Being

Abstraction

Experience

The concept

There is experience

Is there more than experience?

A first map of experience

Problem of realism

Interpretations

Substance
Neutral interpretation
Challenges to realism

Is anything outside experience?

More on experience

Being is relational

The conceptual force of Being

Meaning

Concept meaning

Intension and extension

Meaning and metaphysics

From concept to linguistic meaning

Linguistic meaning

Word meaning

Linguistic compounds

Efficiency

Issue of perfection

Stability versus flow

Analysis and synthesis of meaning

Linguistic conceptual meaning

Significant meaning†

The place of meaning††

Overlap of significant and linguistic meaning

The place of meaning is experience

Metaphysics†

The concept of metaphysics†

The intension†

The extension

Objections and resolutions

The role of Being in metaphysics

A system of concepts centered on Being

A pure ultimate metaphysics

Possibility†

Logical possibility
Natural possibility

The universe†

The void†

The concept
Existence
Metaphysical argument
Argument from the properties of the void
The number of voids

The fundamental principle

The principle
Demonstration from properties of the void
Heuristic arguments
From progress of science
From assuming an explanation of existence of the world†
From intuition
From significant meaning
From Ockham’s Razor applied to what does not exist
On the heuristics
Objections and resolutions
Necessity as cause of the universe
A principle of sufficient reason
The fundamental question of metaphysics

Alternate foundations††

Universal law
Existential principle

Consequences†

Creation and origins of the universe†

The perfect metaphysics†

The metaphysics†

Identity†

The ultimate

The ultimate
God, Brahman, the Divine
The absolute
Paths to the ultimate
Death
Realization of significant meaning

Paths to the ultimate vs in the ultimate

Feasible paths to the ultimate†

There are feasible paths to the ultimate
General means—reason
Particular means—tradition

Engagement, ecstasy, and pain†

Abstract objects

What is knowledge?

Human knowledge and action

Knowledge and action

Human knowledge and action—a map

Logic, science, mathematics

Knowledge

Introduction

Error

Logic and science

Mathematics

Uniform basis for logic, mathematics, and science

Abstract and concrete sciences

Epistemology

Ethics and aesthetics

Introduction

Morals

Ethics

The realms of ethics

The metaphysics of ethics

Ethics of realization

Ethical imperatives related to realization

Local ethics

Ethics and the world

Cosmology

What is cosmology?

Principles†

General cosmology††

The concept

Principles

Variety, extension, and peaks of Being

General vs efficient formation

Abstract objects

A block universe†

Preliminary

The model

Cosmology of form and formation††

Form and formation

Formation vs dynamics

Being, space, and time

Dynamics of Being

Efficient origins of dynamics

A generic dynamics of Being

Physical cosmology

Psychology

Reason††

The concept of reason

Sources—reason in the traditions, reflection, experiment, and the metaphysics

Reason

The elements

Summation

Review of reason and metaphysics

A system of knowledge, reason, and action

The system†

Humanities

Philosophy

Science, logic, and their unity

Realms of the world

General and abstract sciences and method

Metaphysics

Method

Linguistics

Logic

Mathematics

Computer science

Meta-disciplines

Concrete sciences

Natural sciences

Social sciences and studies

Sociology

Anthropology (cultural)

Cultural studies

Language
Knowledge
Education

Politics and economics

Politics
Economics
Political economics

Instrumental vs immersive approach

Our world

Opportunities and problems

Power

The Way††

Aim of Being

Means

General

Reason

Intuition and reason

Tradition

Particular

Intrinsic

Instrumental

Meditation and intuition

Blocks and resolution

Integration†

Path††

Everyday template

Universal template

Metaphysics revisited

About metaphysics

Foundations of metaphysics

Epilogue

We are always at the beginning

Looking forward

Perspective: Destiny

Perspective: Being

In closing

An in process narrative

Where I am now*

The journey continues*

Resources for The Way

Purpose

Reading and experience

The Internet

The Way of Being website

The site

Current essay versions

The universal and everyday templates

The concepts

Themes and subjects amplified

Design

The Way

Realization

Website and essays

Essay template

Print and publication