The Epistemology of Murder, continued

Murder, She Wrote, continued

The Epistemology of Murder, continued

Washburn referenced a number of these developmental stages including Maslow’s hierarchy of needs and Heard’s The Five Ages of Man before exploring in more detail Robert de Ropp’s The Master Game. Ropp postulated a hierarchical series of “games” to which people may commit themselves: object games such as the pursuit of wealth (“Hog in the Trough”), fame (“Cock on the Dunghill”), and power (“Moloch Game”); games having to do with symbolic enterprises such as religion, science, and art; and the “Master Game” with its goal of the expansion of awarenss and the fulfillment of human potential.

Quoting Washburn again, “Alfred Korzybski was one of the first people to make clear how human evaluations are systematic and how motives, actions, responses, behaviors of any kind presuppose an epistemology and a cosmology. He distinguished three epochs in the evolution of humanity to date; the primitive, the aristotelian, and the non-aristotelian. Men at the primitive stage of development frequently confused events happening within them with events happening around them. Later, with the advent of rationality, they became aware of an objective existence independent of themselves. But unfortunately, they were prone to identify their ideas about reality itself.”

The development of modern physics and mathematics has ushered in a non-Aristotelian reorientation, and I don’t dare open up that can of worms, since it would require a familiarity with Structuralism (Claude Levi-Strauss, Foucault, Lacan), Deconstructionism (and how dualism in language and thought is necessarily internally contradictory), Post-Structuralism (Nietzsche and beyond, in which notions of truth, reality, meaning, sincerity, good, etc. are all regarded as constructions, i.e., our own creations), Postmodernism (with its interest in the role of the media in defining reality for us, making everything relative, ephemeral and short-lived, encouraging an irresponsible, hedonistic lifestyle), and later reactions to it. Well beyond my little brain! Suffice it to say that I am more psychologist than philosopher, and that any excursion I make into any of these rarified heights will of necessity be from a psychological perspective.

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