RE: [OPE] Dialectics for the New Century

From: Paul Cockshott (
Date: Wed Apr 02 2008 - 18:10:35 EDT

Are there any working papers available on this?



[] On Behalf Of Reuten
Sent: 02 April 2008 22:53
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Subject: RE: [OPE] Dialectics for the New Century


For your information (and  esp. for the prejudiced): I supervise a PhD
dissertation on systematic dialectics and mathematics.

Geert Reuten





Verzonden: woensdag 2 april 2008 20:01
Onderwerp: RE: [OPE] Dialectics for the New Century


I sent this to Ian (alone) by mistake.
> The objection that computation is merely "formal logic" is muddled
> computation is more abstract than any specific logic and it is not a
> formal but a causal concept.
Ian W:
Muddled, you say?

Computation refers to "any type of information processing 
that can be represented mathematically." 
Formal logic is synonymous with mathematical logic:
Computation is not "more abstract than" mathematics:
rather, it is a a subject which _is_ mathematics and,
hence, utilizes formal logic.
Also, the very architecture of the computer is dependent
on the binary system - by definition, an expression of 
mathematical / formal logic. 
In solidarity, Jerry

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