Into the Mouth of Madness Part III
Much earlier, I started to discuss this and was veered onto a variant course. I am back to provide a better footing on this subject. I trust you will review the previous portions:
Age of Reason
In time, this reemergence of this topic will be ushered in and hailed as the ‘Age of Reason.' This will be spearheaded by the likes of Kant, Locke and Berkley, just to name a few. They will assemble upon an agreed forum, a coliseum if you will, entitled ‘Epistemology.' The coliseum will be portioned off into separate sections for, Empirical, sources of Knowledge and Metaphysics once again. This disguised and embellished arena is once again an assemblage for the gladiators to assert their rightful place, parading before the huddled masses of doldrums, who seek answers to their own inner ills.
In this assemblage John Locke, asserts in his ‘Essays' that we have an obligation to discover, what things God has for us to know. In short, what is our purpose? He continues to expound in this arena, acknowledging and asserting that all our ideas are experienced, we are born with a ‘white sheet of paper' regarding knowledge. This sets the initial stage, for the ensuing debates, thus baiting those who will assent to rival him. Since he is the first in this effort, he shall be termed as a ‘Samnite,' for he is one of the initial stage personnel. This poorly woolen clad warrior will begin to not only cut away the strangle hold these previous Titans has over the audience, but will also become for those previously mentioned, and those who shall mount and charge atop the efforts of the ‘Dumb Ox.'
The next to arrive is a fellow British Islander, by the name of Berkeley. It is his 1710's effort known as ‘Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge,' that George enters as a ‘Mirmillones' for these are the giants of Irish folklore, and he uses these same tactics in this presentation. In this essay, he takes aim at Locke's concept of ideas, despite the fact that he recognizes and even has a bit of admiration; nonetheless, he takes aim at this issue with an elaborate conveyance of thoughts, colors, sound ect, similar to what is presented above, regarding conveyance. The dilemma is that like Plato's analogy of the "Cave Scenario" Locke agrees that these are not real, but is simply apparent. Thus, Berkley ushers in with ‘skepticism.'
Next, from the South East comes an impressive young prodigy, by the name of Immanuel Kant. In his monumental effort, ‘Critique of Reason.' As a ‘Dimachaeri' He begins by wielding his two swords, ‘synthetic' and ‘priori' and slashes away the cobwebs and nettings strewn over items of issue by his predecessors. Kant's efforts are propelled by his reassertion of metaphysics, and that knowledge transcends experience. The re-emergence of the ‘priori' will take sharp aim at those who will attempt to disarm this two ‘Sica' slinging comrade. Immanuel expounds that every action has a cause, and that knowledge is self-contrary when it exceeds itself and veers into skepticism. This is achievable by creating valid proofs. This effort and formula remains quite viable even within today's school of thought.
My entrance to this issue and field was to learn, and I quickly succumb to retorting, "I don't know what I don't know." In the end, what I have come to garner is what is assembled here. Thus, Thomas Aquinas has adequately stated all that I have attempted to express, yet it is not mere fodder for thought, but for the animals of the fields. I am sure this will perhaps become kindling material to ignite the bond fire, which not only keep me warm through the dark night, but keep at abeyance the naysayers, and provide enough light to see through the obscurities. May the smoke neither cause me to cough nor obscure my vision.
P.S. If I have prattled a bit, ranted on about much about nothing, or have simply consumed a moment of your waiting time, Thank You! If however, I have caused one of those embers I spoke of earlier, may it be used to light the candle of enlightenment, which ever pushes upon the encroaching darkness of ignorance, and dismiss the lurking of denial, which hides within its shadows. Peace, Bro Smith SGS
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