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Jun 6, 2011, 4:42pm

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Marx wrote, in 1858, to Engels: "I am, by the way, discovering some nice arguments.

E.g. I have completely demolished the theory of profit as hitherto propounded.

What was of great use to me as regards method of treatment was Hegel’s Logic at which I had taken another look by mere accident, Freiligrath having found and made me a present of several volumes of Hegel, originally the property of Bakunin.

If ever the time comes when such work is again possible, I should very much like to write 2 or 3 sheets making accessible to the common reader the rational aspect of the method which Hegel not only discovered but also mystified."

(Marx to Engels, 16 Jan. 1858)

Marx wrote again, in 1868, that he wished to write a book on dialectics, stating that "the true laws of dialectics are to be found already in Hegel, in a mystic form, however. The problem is to divest them of this form."

(Marx to Dietzgen, 09 May 1868).

Marx wrote, yet again, in 1875, seven years later, and eight years before his death, in 1883, that once he had finished with the 'Economics', he intended to write on the subject of dialectics

(Marx to Dietzgen, Dec. 1875).

In the event, Marx did not live long enough to write his "Dialectics".

However, at long last, a collective author, "F.E.D." (Foundation Encyclopedia Dialectica), may have taken the first giant step toward filling the gap that Marx's early demise, and Engel's incomplete "Dialectics of Nature" manuscript, have left open ever since.

A new book has just been released by Foundation Encyclopedia Dialectica (F.E.D.), entitled --

A Dialectical "Theory of Everything" -- Meta-Genealogies of the Universe and of Its Sub-Universes: A Graphical Manifesto.

-- see:

Texts preparatory to this book are available for free download via --

The core of F.E.D.'s discoveries seems to have arisen from two convergent immanent critiques, one of ancient Platonian dialectic, and the other of early-modern Hegelian dialectic.

F.E.D.'s immanent critique of the Platonian dialectic centers around that of Plato's three "Arithmoi" -- the "Arithmoi Aisthetoi", the "Arithmoi Monadikoi" (also called the "Arithmoi Mathematikoi"), and -- especially -- the "Arithmoi Eidetikoi" (also called the "Arithmoi Noetoi"), the latter being the "Aritmetike'" of "Dialektike'" proper.

The key to F.E.D.'s new developments seems to reside in their reconciliation of the marked discrepancy between the ancient Mediterranean / Alexandrian meaning of the Greek word "Arithmoi", and the meaning of the modern English word "Number", which modern translators too often equate, thus inadvertently suppressing a whole world of differences between the ancient (e.g., the Hellenistic and ancient Alexandrian), and the modern "mentalite'".

I could be wrong on this one, of course, but I think F.E.D.'s may accomplish, for Platonian, Hegelian, and (especially) Marxian Dialectic, +, at long last, what Boole did for Aristotelian syllogistic, +, formal logic, with his 1847 "The Mathematical Analysis of Logic", and with his 1854 "Investigation of the Laws of Thought"!

The new book includes presentations of "meta-models" -- symbolic models that bridge across multiple mere models, encompassing the '''meta-evolutionary''' transitions between a whole series of predecessor systems and their successor systems, each of which systems has its own, "incommensurable" mere model -- with each of these "meta-models" rendered in three distinct ways: (1) textually, (2) diagrammatically, and (3) "ideographically" (i.e., mathematically, using F.E.D.'s new, expanded "mathematics of dialectics", or "dialectical ideography").

F.E.D. is also the group that -- using its new 'mathematics of dialectics' -- discovered, via a model of the historical dialectic of the human-social relations of production, the 'Citizen Stewardship Equity / Citizen Externality Equity' (i.e., Socialized Producers' Cooperatives / Ecological Democracy) conception of the new social relationship of human-societal self-reproduction that could succeed the present social relation of production -- the Capital-/Wage-labor- relation -- in the constitution of a Political-Economic Democracy --

Here's the text from the front and back "flaps" of the "dust cover" jacket (modified for this list's typography) --

"A Dialectical Theory of Everything — Meta-Genealogies of the Universe and of Its Sub-Universes: A Graphical Manifesto.

Volume 0: Foundations (Edition 0 – published Dec. 2010, from F.E.D. Press)

This initial volume, Volume 0, sets forth the foundations of F.E.D.'s dialectical-mathematical "model of everything".

Synthesizing ancient themes of dialectic, "auto-kinesis", and 'self-refluxivity' ('karmicity'), with modern themes of logical and set-theoretical paradox as "self-reflexivity", and of integro-differential equation "nonlinearity", evoked via both occidental and oriental sources from antiquity, and via modern developments in natural/social science, and in mathematics, this initial volume lays out foundations for a unified theory of dialectic.

Foundations presented include a unified theory, by way of convergent immanent critiques, of the traditions of Platonian and Hegelian dialectic, and the consequent discovery, for the first time in human history, of a rich and versatile 'mathematics of dialectic'.

This new 'mathematics of dialectic' is utilized to derive a seventeen-symbol equation, which models, via a progression of ontological categories, the dialectical self-evolutions, and 'self-meta-evolutions', of our "kosmos" as a totality, which also predicts a next major self-development of this "kosmos", and which summarizes the dialectical "theory of everything" that gives this work its title.

A dialectical, 'ideo-ontological' categorial progression of systems of generally 'qualo-quantitative', dialectical arithmetics, are modeled, using the second system in that progression, its first explicitly dialectical system of arithmetic, starting from "Natural Numbers", or N, arithmetic, as purely-quantitative (implicitly, 'pre-vestigially "aufheben"-dialectical via its Peano successor-function) first system.

The second system is a 'purely-qualitative' (purely ontological), "non-standard model" of "standard" N arithmetic (i.e., the first four, "first order" Peano Postulates hold for this system as well as for the N system, for which alone they were intended), with a 'contra-Boolean' algebra, an algebra for dialectical logic, founded upon a hitherto-unnoted, strong negation of Boole's "Fundamental Law of (formal-logical) Thought".

The third system is a dialectical synthesis, or "complex unity", of the second and first systems, hence is a 'qualo-quantitative' arithmetic, combining the (ontological) ideogramic qualifiers of the second arithmetic, with the (implicitly ontological, or metrical) ideogramic quantifiers of the first, N arithmetic.

Volume 1: Geneses (forthcoming, from F.E.D. Press)

Volume 1 recounts the genesis of the new dialectical mathematics in detail.

Volume 2: Dialectical 'Meta-Models' of the 'Human Phenome' (forthcoming, from F.E.D. Press)

Volume 2 presents 'psycho-historical dialectical meta-models' , expressed via the new dialectical mathematics, which zoom-in on human-social constructions, including a 'meta-model' of the genesis of written language, a 'meta-model' of the development of ancient Mediterranean philosophy, and a 'meta-model' of the development of the "standard" arithmetics, starting from the N arithmetic as "arche' " of that progression of "standard" arithmetics.

Volume 3: The Dialectic of Nature (forthcoming, from F.E.D. Press)

Volume 3 explores 'self-meta-evolutions' of human society, modeled via the new dialectical mathematics, as processes of later natural history, including those of the human-social relations, and of the human-social forces, of human-societal 'self-re-production'.

It also addresses the parallel development of related human thought-modes, including a (psycho-)historical-dialectical mathematical 'meta-model' of the 'dialectic of the dialectic itself', as well as detailing the development of the "Theory of Everything" Dialectic of Nature Equation as 'dialectical meta-model' of the "kosmos" as a whole."