Wednesday, 15 June 2011

79th Session of the Philosophical Foundations of Law and Finance

Dear all,

For the 79th session of the Philosophical Foundations of Law and Finance (Friday, June 17 · 6:00pm - 8:00pm, Room 516, 309 Regent Street, University of Westminster), we will apply the concepts of a Categorical Algebra of Law and Finance announced in the 78th session [see notes thereto in the Facebook group] to Hohfeldian analytical jurisprudence with special reference to: (1) political phenomena and (2) categorical theory and financial instrument patents. 

Under (1), we will examine the concept of executive vision as per Ron Paul [see the YouTube video: (3)] and note how his vision differs from Obama's in categorical Hohfeldian terms.

With regard to (2), see (4) and and (5)

Sometimes, I'm asked what is the point of all this formalism, ie Categorical Algebra of Law and Finance? I guess there's a hopeful answer that goes along the path of formalism post Newton and Leibniz, where the conception of a coordinate system allowed the calculation of movement of objects, and that these systems of simultaneous equations got us amazing answers to many problems facing the development of the human species. With the quantum mechanics of the 20th century, something broke in our general view of physical calculations and ultimately, about our sense of having a genuine mathesis universalis. The great symmetrists, Herman Weyl and Eugene Wigner, the former tried but failed to pin-down quantum mechanics to a totally symmetric view with group theory and the latter, elegantly showed us how to calculate with group theory sub-atomic phenomena using Heisinberg's "ugly random symmetric matrices," could not come up with a wide enough view of nature including consciousness because basically, in my view, they placed bets on the wrong type of formalism! If only category theory had been invented in 1900 rather than 1947! [Sigh!]. Then Einstein and Poincare would have come quickly to the same conclusions! And even Hohfeld, the well-trained chemistry major, would have been able to erect a much more direct superstructure. Here's the trick I've learned in formal logic way back when I was a teenager studying under Prof Hart at the University of Hawaii, who at one time, edited Copi's standard textbook on Logic, that the more fundamental premise, the wider the applicability, but without instantiation, the framework is too wooly to be of any real use. So I've been on a long search for just the right set of premises (the Goldilocks premises) which can unlock and link. So far, category theory comes closest to the ideal. It's very useful. Instead of checking for and arguing logical fallacies, you can sketch a few straw and ball diagrams and get to the essence of quantum mechanics, special relativity, Hohfeldan analytics, Plato's Laws, Aristotle's Metaphysics, all with a bit of gracefulness and light humour.

As always, after the intensity of philosophical discussion, we can most deservedly unwind at the Galleria Restaurant at 17 New Cavendis St, from 8:30pm onwards.



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