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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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5. Mathematical and Scientific Laws: Rationality in Thought and Nature

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5 Mathematical and Scientific Laws: Rationality in Thought and Nature

5.1 Mathematical Laws

5.1.1 Mathematics as “Rationalized Imagination”

Science, our preeminent instrument for deciphering the secrets of the world, enjoys the most rigorous and universal language known to the human mind: the language of mathematics. In its conciseness, deductive power and facility for combination the vagueness and absence of economy that so often darken our natural languages yield to a limpid manifestation of rationality. This incomparable capacity for expressing complexity through simplicity allows mathematical structures to unveil the deepest connections between the premises and the consequences. Thus, unforeseen implications emerge, and the joint force of symbolic imagination and logical inference opens the most fertile windows for the human spirit.

For centuries, mathematics has been considered the purest expression of intelligence, where ideals such as clarity and rigor can shine freely, and it is not surprising that many scientific and philosophical disciplines have been striving to emulate such a high degree of certainty. Descartes aimed to build a mathematical philosophy and Spinoza sought to deduce the universal truths of metaphysics and ethics more geometrico. A similar aspiration permeates the work of Leibniz and, in general, that of the great rationalist philosophers. The analytic tradition ←233 | 234→contributed to the recovery of an appreciation of the accuracy that mathematical reasoning can imprint on philosophical reflection.

Indeed, the principal and most challenging questions of a theory of knowledge appear with all their power...

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