A Story of Everything by Hilary Lawson

By Hilary Lawson

Lawson presents a entire examine the background of western concept, the evolution of technological know-how and its makes an attempt to supply us with a ''theory of everything'' and an assessment of the relativist a number of truths.

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Either we take the claim that ‘the Great Project is an unattainable ideal’ as a truth, in which case this element of knowledge is not ideal and has been attained, or we do not take it as truth in which case it falls to reflexive paradox. If the claim is true and this element of knowledge is not ideal, in order to avoid immediate paradox we will require an account of the type of knowledge that is possible and not unattainable. This in turn will require a definition to limit the Great Project in the manner we have already considered and will therefore also fall to the paradoxes of self-reference.

In which case what are these things that in combination make up what we take to be the world? What is experience and language if not a reflection of reality? Part I of the story of closure offers a preliminary answer to these questions by describing the underlying structure of closure. It is a structure which is then developed and applied throughout the remainder of the book. This first part is subdivided into three chapters. The first chapter introduces and defines the central terms and identifies the general characteristics of closure.

This xxxv P RO L O G U E formulation of the problem stems however from the underlying problem outlined above that these supposed solutions do not really allow for selfreference at all. The next few paragraphs are intended for those readers who would find a technical version of the argument that I have put forward more persuasive. Adopting Tarski’s hierarchy of languages one can formulate sentences that have the appearance of being self-referential. For example, a Tarskian version of ‘This sentence is not true’ would be: (I) The sentence (I) is not true-in-L.

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