Beyond metaphysics? : explorations in Alfred North by Roland Faber; Brian G Henning; Clinton Combs

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The term “cosmology” as a notion for a branch of philosophy was established by Christian Wolff, who divided metaphysics into a metaphysica gene ralis or ontologia on the one hand and into metaphysicae speciales, i. e. (rational) theology, psychology and cosmology, on the other. The subject of a cosmology specified in this way is primarily the explanation of the world as a natural system of physical substances. It integrates metaphysical and ontological approaches reaching back to the beginnings of pre-Socratic thought.

Such a re- Toward a Metaphysics of Expression 15 newal involves giving more or less systematic expression to the ordinarily dumb certitudes of our conscious experience. One of the most salient features “of the primary mode of conscious experience is its fusion of a large generality with an insistent particularity” (MT 4). This generality is intimately connected to the intelligibility of such experience, while this particularity is bound up with our sense of the irreducible uniqueness and incomparable singularity of what is concretely encountered in experience.

3. Conclusion: Creative Intelligence and Expressive Creativity As I just noted, expression presupposes importance. In turn, intelligence and the work of understanding presuppose the growth of expression into reflexive and recursive as well as ever more expansive and encompassing forms. Among other things, this means an explicit and detailed account of expression itself (such as we find in Whitehead’s writings). That is, intelligence is more or less bound to provide such an account. Given the growth and, hence, transformations of intelligence—inseparably connected to this, and given the emergence and consolidation of novel forms of expression, human and otherwise—we are also bound continually to revise this account.

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