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Concepts of nothingness and their relation to classic laws of thought

October 2011

The essay is an exploration proceeding from partly Platonic, or arguably Quinean, premises about the function of philosophy, exploring differing descriptions and definitions of ‘nothingness’ from diverse fields ranging from mathematical set theory to quantum physics and continental philosophy, arriving ultimately at the conclusion of there being two major categories of descriptions of nothingness with one referring to an abstract form termed ‘small nothingness’ which pertains to systems of thought or language and is either axiomatic or derived from a contradiction or antagonism with classic laws of thought, and serves as a vent or doorway out of the system in question. This small nothingness, in general forming an infinite series (of meta-systems), ultimately implies what we here term ´Big Nothingness´, the description or naming of which is fraught with futility due to its extension beyond the limits of thought and particularly language (in a wide sense). This can be understood as a reference to the concrete absolute, or to indiscernibility, mystery and immanence, the unknown or unknowable.


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