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.
10. The Possibilities of Humanity
10 The Possibilities of Humanity
10.1 Art, natura naturans and the Creation of Worlds
Our exploration of the conceptual categories that can help us to build a system of integrated knowledge would be essentially incomplete if the realm of artistic creativity remained excluded from our considerations.
So far we have focused on logical, mathematical and scientific knowledge, to later discuss some relevant aspects of the epistemology of those disciplines concerned with the study of the human world and the historical development of our species. But it is clear that one defining feature of the Homo sapiens lies in its capacity to produce art, and that artistic creativity has been a constant element in the evolution of our societies. Certainly, art can be regarded as one of the most important factors behind the idea of “humanity.” Thus, when we examine a great civilization of the past, we do not only admire its contributions to knowledge in the form of astronomical computations or mathematical discoveries, or to technology through the invention of ingenious devices and the manipulation of material elements, like metals, that radically incremented productivity (not to speak about their role in “destructive forces,” like war), but how this specific culture shone in the domain of the arts, through its poetry, its architecture, its paintings, its sculptures, its pottery, etc., and we can only regret that the deficiencies of historical records have not allowed us to preserve an accurate idea of its music.
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