Why Did Plato Oppose the Miletian Nature Philosophy?

Friday, 20 July 2018: 11:15
Oral Presentation
Arne KJELLMAN, Independent, Sweden
The Western world is in a deep crisis - and so are its sciences. The paradoxes continue to stack, one after another, but Western technologies roll on, fuelled by reckless market economies. There are still measures that can be taken to make things right - primarily, the payment of Nature’s bill, and the renouncement of the mistakes of Western elites in power.

Scrutinizing the billions of years of natural evolution has not only shown, but pragmatically proven that Nature cannot be defeated unless life is totally wiped away. Yet, the elites of Western cultures strenuously try to place themselves outside Nature, attempting to dictate their own laws. Such a suggestion will of course stir up a tremendous outcry, which is only a whisper compared to the horrendous roars from the countless that have been tortured in the darkness of Plato's cave. It all comes down to the natural language and its inability to finalize the endless bickering in processes of social decision and planning.

Logical positivism were not misguided, it just stumbled upon the misguided principle of verification. The principles of practical reason, made plausible by Leibniz and Kant, has already emerged as the useful new foundation in the quest for scientific knowledge. My claim is that lingering Platonism is the hidden villain preventing scientists from understanding craftsmanship, consciousness and the human production of knowledge. The prevailing “scientific” rhetoric can, like all other truths, easily be disputed in its characteristic epistemological discourses, and indeed are, which was convincingly demonstrated by Gödel and Tarski already in the 1930s, but very few seem willing to take seriously. Its possible to prove there is just one option left - a radical shift of paradigm into the Subject-Oriented Approach.