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List of Principles and Definitions
Chapter 1: What is Philosophy?
Chapter 2: Simplicity
Chapter 3: Various Kinds of Category and Principle
Chapter 4: Ontology vs. Epistemology
Chapter 5: Understanding vs. Knowledge
Chapter 6: Fundamental Conceptual Principles
Chapter 7: Non-Physical Dimensions
Chapter 8: Language
Chapter 9: Set Theory
Chapter 10: Paradox
Chapter 11: Empiricism vs. Rationalism
Chapter 12: Empiricism vs. Realism
Chapter 13: The Special Theory of Relativity
Chapter 14: Quantum Mechanics
Chapter 15: God
Chapter 16: Ethics
Chapter 17: Love, Death, and Aesthetics
Chapter 18: Buddhist Philosophy
Chapter 19: Taoist Philosophy
Simplicity affords a new way of thinking about philosophical matters. In this book, the dualistic, true/false approach of formal logic is replaced by a three-part basis for thought. This basis consists of the simplicity categories of reason: simplicity, complexity, and nothingness. The category of simplicity is paradoxical, that of complexity is unproblematic, and that of nothingness is self-contradictory. These categories are to be applied to ontological categories, such as those of substance, self, or causality, thereby providing a clarification of the philosophical issue in question. The notion of perspective is integral to the simplicity way of thinking. A particular entity − such as the self − may be conceived as simple in one perspective, while being complex or nothing in another. Combined with the categories of simplicity, the notion of perspective is used to reveal a type of conceptual conflict that differs from contradiction. So, for example, the simplicity way of thinking better represents the relation between competing scientific theories − such as the wave and particle theories of radiation − as a form of perspectival incompatibility, rather than contradiction. From this basis, the book moves on to the distinction between two forms of simplicity: analytic and synthetic, which can respectively be conceived of as a point, and as a whole. Again the notion of perspective is employed: what is analytically simple in one perspective may well be synthetically simple in another. The application of the simplicity way of thinking to philosophy (as well as to other areas, such as mathematics and physics), of which there are many examples in this book, enhances our understanding by illuminating the conceptual relations involved in intellectually problematic situations.
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