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The Integration of Knowledge

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Carlos Blanco

The Integration of Knowledge explores a theory of human knowledge through a model of rationality combined with some fundamental logical, mathematical, physical and neuroscientific considerations. Its ultimate goal is to present a philosophical system of integrated knowledge, in which the different domains of human understanding are unified by common conceptual structures, such that traditional metaphysical and epistemological questions may be addressed in light of these categories. Philosophy thus becomes a "synthesizer" of human knowledge, through the imaginative construction of categories and questions that may reproduce and even expand the conceptual chain followed by nature and thought, in an effort to organize the results of the different branches of knowledge by inserting them in a broader framework.

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If the universe had to be condensed in a single concept, I would choose that of reason. Reason suggests logic, mechanism, foundation, intelligibility, sequence, connection, order of ideas, etc. I cannot find any concept endowed with a higher intellectual power. And as soon as one contemplates the remarkable amount of knowledge and the wealth of ideas generated by humanity over the last centuries to satisfy our ardent desire for understanding, it is inevitable to pose the following questions: how is it all connected? What bridges can unite the different disciplines?

The present work aims to explore a theory of human knowledge, through a model of rationality combined with some fundamental logical, mathematical, physical and neuroscientific considerations. Its ultimate goal and overarching aspiration is to present a philosophical system of integrated knowledge, in which the different domains of human understanding are unified by common conceptual structures, such that traditional metaphysical and epistemological questions may be addressed in light of these categories. In summary, a system of categories that may reproduce and even expand, by virtue of its explanatory power, the conceptual chain followed by nature and thought (indeed, through the analysis of these categories philosophy could help find new and unsuspected connections between them). Hence, in this system of thought it must be possible to show ←xiii | xiv→the continuity between all domains of human knowledge and the reciprocity between the elements and rules of inference that compose them. The purpose is therefore to integrate knowledge in...

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