Instability and Contraction
In other works, I’ve proposed a solution to the semantic paradoxes which, at the technical level, basically relies on failure of contraction. I’ve also suggested that, at the philosophical level, contraction fails because of the instability of certain states of affairs. In this paper, I try to make good on that suggestion.
The content of the model of evolution of complex systems developed by Sergey P. Kurdyumov is under consideration in the article. Some key ideas, which were put forward by him, constitute nowadays a foundation for development of a methodology for studying complex self-developing systems of different nature. The model is based on four concepts: the relationship of space and time, complexity and its nature, nonlinearity, blow-up regimes. Self-organization and rapid, avalanche-like growth of complexity, evolutionary cycles and regimes switching occur as a necessary mechanism for maintaining “life” of complex structures. The methodology allows us to understand the nonlinear dynamics of evolutionary processes in systems of very different nature and to show the possibility of controlling them and creating the desired futures. Special attention is paid to considering possible applications of this model for understanding the dynamics of complex social, demographic and geopolitical systems.
Foundations of Logical Consequence
This work shows that being must originally be understood as implication. We begin with what Heidegger calls Hegel’s ‘new concept of being’ in the Phenomenology of Spirit: time as history is the essence of being. This concept however, is not univocal—for supersession means destroying-preserving. Hegel shows himself to be the thinker of truth as essentially ambiguous; and the Phenomenology is onto-heno-chrono-phenomenology, the history of the being and unity, time and aspect, of the concept’s ambiguity. For Heidegger however, conceptual ambiguity confirms that Hegel’s history of being is stuck in a vulgar interpretation of time; and the Phenomenology can explain neither the origin of this time, nor the necessity of negation for the historical determination of being—for Hegel cannot think the ground of the concept of being, that is, the grounding of the ground. If Heidegger argues however, that the Phenomenology is predetermined by its ancient point of departure, we must go back to the Greeks, back to Aristotle’s original insight (overlooked by the entire history of philosophy as metaphysics): being and unity imply one another—for they are essentially implications. Thus the question of the meaning of being becomes the question of the meaning of implication.
The evolutionary model elaborated by Sergei P. Kurdyumov is considered in the article. Some key ideas put forward by him constitute a basis for development of the methodology of sudy of complex selforganizing systems, called also synergetics. Four important theoretical notions form a fundament of this evolutionary model: connection between space and time, complexity and its nature, blow-up regimes, in which self-organization and rapid, avalanche-like growth of complexity occur, evolutionary cycles and switching of different regimes as a necessary mechanism for maintenance of “life” of complex structures. The methodology allows to understand the nature of innovative shifts in nature and society and to show a possibility of management of innovative processes and of construction of desirable future. Some approaches for possible application of this model for understanding of dynamics of complex social, demographic and geopolitical system are discussed.
This article touches upon some problems in building up a lexicon for the part of universal ontology which accounts for force interactions. We have chosen certain semantic features in the lexical description as dominant ones and conducted a small survey among native speakers of Russian to prove the results.
Unity and Aspect has been short-listed as a finalist for the 2019 Prix Mercier.
What is first philosophy today? In Unity and Aspect, the questioning begins with a new (old) approach to metaphysics: being is implied; it is implied in everything that is; it is an implication. But then, the history of philosophy must be rethought completely – for being implies unity, and time, and the other of time, namely, aspect. The effect on the self and on self-understanding is radical: we can no longer be thought as human beings; rather, reaching back to the ancient Greek name for us (phos), Haas seeks to rearticulate us as illuminating, as illuminating ourselves and others, and as implicated in our illuminations. Unity and Aspect then provokes us to problematize words and deeds, thoughts and things – and this means reconsidering our assumptions about history and survival, meaning and universality, sensibility and intimacy, knowledge and intentionality, action and improvisation, language and truth. And if Haas suspends the privilege enjoyed by our traditional philosophical concepts, this has implications for fields as diverse as ontology and phenomenology, ethics and aesthetics, education and linguistics, law and politics.
Review of Unity and Aspect by Mark Tanzer:
“Haas’ book is unique...his own foray into metaphysics...an original metaphysics written in a way that is designed to afford a unique angle on the problems of metaphysics, specifically in their ineluctably problematic character”.
The work is devoted to fundamental aspects of the classical molecular dynamics method, which was developed half a century ago as a means of solving computational problems in statistical physics and has now become one of the most important numerical methods in the theory of condensed state. At the same time, the molecular dynamics method based on solving the equations of motion for a multiparticle system proved to be directly related to the basic concepts of classical statistical physics, in particular, to the problem of the occurrence of irreversibility. This paper analyzes the dynamic and stochastic properties of molecular dynamics systems connected with the local instability of trajectories and the errors of the numerical integration. The probabilistic nature of classical statistics is discussed. We propose a concept explaining the finite dynamic memory time and the emergence of irreversibility in real systems.