Some Notes on Methodology

My idea of justice is that it is a completely man-made concept, just as the concept of truth. This means that we live in an inherently unjust world, which we can (with more or less success) make more or less just, depending on our volition; however, no one can guarantee that our justice will be compatible with the laws of the world we live in.

We live in the world that is limiting the scope of our a priori knowledge. This, the concepts of both action and praxis are playing a very major role in how we think about the world.

This necessitates the consequentialist view on liberty, because moral absolutism is much more inertious and prone to throwing the good money after the bad, especially in the extremely volatile situations so frequent during the recent times.

So, while formulating the ideas of social theory, it is very important frame one's thinking in proper and precise terms. For my social theory to be consistent, I need to build it in a systemic fashion:

flowchart LR id01["Metaphysics"] --> id02["Philosophy"] id02 --> id03["Social Theory"]

This quite wide scope of enquiry is not an attempt at implementing a generalist approach. This is just a thorough approach to specialisation, which aims at resolving the several very important inconsistencies that plague the modern Humanities.

1. There should be a full glossary for the concepts and terms being in use, verifiable by means of content analysis and logical calculus;
2. All reasoning must be structured in a way that allows for complete linguistic explication;
3. A sub-set of the English language must be developed so that the descriptions of the factual data, as well as the theories present, may become easily analysable by (yet, we will need to use a definite and personalised styles for expressing the ideas and findings to the general audience);
4. The mathematical methods should be applied in a more deliberate fashion and framed more accurately that it is usually done in the modern Social science.

flowchart LR id00[(Terms DB)] id01[(Sub-Language DB)] id02[(Resulting Research)] id03[(Maths Methods)] id04[[Actual Thinking]] id00 --> id01 id01 --> id02 id03 --> id02 id04 <--> id00 id04 <--> id01 id04 <--> id03

This methodological skeleton requires further theoretical development and formal structuration. This way the polyphony of the sociological thought may be utilised in the most effective way for understanding the happenings of the human interaction.


A ‘Schreib- Lese- Fibel’ Finished

I have finally finished the XIX-century printed German textbook:

Heinrich J. Jos. Heinrich's Schreib-Lese-Fibel. – Prag, Satow, 1886.

It was a very interesting experience due to a few factors that the study of the older varieties of the German language entails:

  1. The Kurrent as the main writing style (basically, the old gothic cursive which managed to survive till the 1941, and was removed from the school curriculum by Nazis).
  2. The Fraktur as the main type: since I am going to read a lot of the old German and Austrian and Swiss journals on Economics, History and Philosophy, mastering reading it without hiccups was not only a nice adventure, but also a great investment of time and effort.
  3. As for the technically useless, yet curious things, I was rather amazed by the amount of the religious reference in an elementary school book. Almost every description of nature is linked with a theological reference.
  4. In the same vein is the composition of the textbook, which was much more instrumental for my remembering the German language than a lot of the modern literature. The book – despite its author's tendency to paint the everyday topics in a mystical light – is really illustrative, oriented on the everyday topics and actually methodical in presenting the vocabulary in a consistent fashion that reminds me of the space repetition techniques.
  5. By the way, one of the verses in this book deserves to be put on the elementary school curriculum nowadays:
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  6. To my mind, this book is a great intro into the older German publishing and writing style that allows for getting accustomed to the different ways to represent the written word which are so characteristic for the XVIII-XX centuries pax Germanica. From this point, one can continue the dive into the historical topics that require bringing up some really old books.