Formulations and characterizations of the uNIVERSAL METAPHYSICS

Anil Mitra, © 2012… from Journey in being.html


The basic forms

B1         The Universe which is all Being has no limits

It is crucial to understand the meaning of the terms. In earlier narratives the term ‘limit’ was not defined with sufficient clarity

B2         The Logos which is the object of Logic is the Universe in all its detail

An earlier set of forms

When the following list was abstracted the development had not reached its current state of maturity

F0          PRIMITIVE FORM—based in the concept of Being. Being is that which is there (over some domain of extension and duration). The power of the concept of Being is its neutrality of commitment to thing or kind. Laws and Patterns have Being (later it will be seen that all Objects, specifically all abstract and particular entities have Being)

F1          FIRST AND ORIGINAL FORM and original anchor of the metaphysics—based in the concepts of the Universe and the Void. Version II-a. The Universe is all Being and contains all Laws and Patterns (and Objects). Version II-b. The Void which is the absence of Being exists and contains no Law (or Object)

If there is a state which cannot be generated from the Void that would be a Law of the Void (and in the Void) but that cannot be for the Void has no Law. I.e. the Void is a universal generator of Being; this knowledge cannot be used to show the variety and therefore the Universal metaphysics is implicitly ultimate with regard to variety of Being. However, the Void is not a substance and therefore provides explicit foundation for all Being. It does so without substance or axiomatic system and therefore its foundation is absolute or non-relative; i.e. the Universal metaphysics is explicitly ultimate with regard to depth

F2          SECOND FORM—based in the concept of Logic. The principle of reference: Subject to Logic every concept has reference—i.e., an Object

This defines Logic which, in its approximate forms as the classical and modern logics, is far from empty. The definition of Logic is equivalently the theory of the possible and the actual. It is unlikely that all Logic may be formulated explicitly; it harbors immense realms of variety

F3          THIRD AND COSMOLOGICAL FORM—basis in the concept of variety. The variety of being in the Universe is the (greatest Logically) possible

The possible is the greatest Logically possible

The variety of the Universe is at least as much as that of any conceivable universe. Suggestively, the Universe is one of maximum freedom or variety; Being fills every niche; this has been called the principle of plenitude

F4          FOURTH form—based in the concept of Law. There is no Universal Law. The one Universal law is that being is limited only by Logic

F5          FIFTH AND COMPUTATIONAL FORM—based in the concept of the Logos. The Logos is the Object of Logicit is the Universe in all its variety and detail. All Law is immanent in the Logos

This form of the fundamental principle makes clear that the principle may be a computational tool via the approximation to Logic by the logics

An objective version of this form—The Universe has no limits. In this form it is necessary to specify the meaning of ‘no limits’ with care

F6          SIXTH FORM—based in the idea of determinism. The Universe is absolutely indeterministic

This form is developed later in the section A metaphysics that is explicitly ultimate in depth. However its truth can be seen from the fact that of the Logically possible states none is unrealized; every state is accessible—accessed—from every other state. Similarly, since all possible states are realized the Universe is absolutely deterministic (this determinism is distinct from the usual temporal notion of determinism)

Further characterizations of the metaphysics

F7          UNIQUENESS of the Universal metaphysics. There is exactly one Universal metaphysics that is the metaphysics (this metaphysics may however have more than one formulation and be developed in different degrees of detail)

F8          THE UNIVERSALIZATION OF METAPHYSICS. The variety of cosmological systems is without limit and there is no typical cosmological system. The Universe does not have the form of any finite or normal or given cosmos. The Universe is absolutely non-cosmomorphic—it has no universal form

This conclusion is the endpoint of a sequence of universalizations of viewpoint in which special vantage points are relinquished and is discussed in detail later in this chapter. The shedding of special vantage points or paradigms such as ethnocentrism, anthrocentrism and anthropomorphism may be seen as continuing on through the shedding of a view of the Universe in the image of any given cosmos. This is the source of the term ‘non-cosmomorphism.’ However, the essence of the universalization is that the Universe has no universal form; this is equivalent to the statement that there is no Universal Law