Beyond Descartes – From Separability to Inseparability

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(Amazon.com, Kindle Edition, 263 pages, $29.99, author Florin F. Felecan Ph.D.)

Recently – at the beginning of August – Amazon has electronically published under the above mentioned title, my first “American” book – a unique book – since it provides in absolute premiere a non-Cartesian conceptual and methodological frame that contemporary science and culture imperiously needed it.  The chosen theme that I dedicated about 10 years of my life was not a random one since beyond Descartes we encounter a fabulous world which we are just beginning to disentangle. The truly amazing fact is not as much that this non-Cartesian world really exists but rather that it is a fundamental one.

Organized on two parts approximately equal as page numbers, the first part is dedicated to the content of the Cartesian revolution, which according to my introductive study (pp. 5-27), consists in transition from the methodological syncretic horizon specific to Scholasticism to a new, modern horizon – distinct and separable. In contrast with other authors, some of them considering that the revolutionary Cartesian contribution would consist in the introduction of certitude into epistemology (such thing is actually impossible), I have tried to show that Descartes in fact revolutionized the traditional methodology through something completely different such as the discovery and obstinate promotion (even though on rationalist premises) of distinctiveness (this central concept of the book is illuminated on pages 6-10), showing that the non-Cartesian revolution itself has as a defining characteristic the elaboration under the sign of inseparability of a new, non-linear concept of distinctiveness centered on specification / individualization. Taking into account that the Discourse on  Method constitutes, equally in the modern and contemporary world, one of the most known / widespread works I have decided to reproduce in the first part of the book the entire Discourse, with a short introductory study, making it available to the reader in a superior English version.

The second part of the book also debuts (p. 127) with a study entitled “non-Cartesian Revolution: Inseparability, Physis Situation and Nonlinear Rationality”. I personally recommend the chapter “Detachments” (pp. 143 – 184), as well as the introduction of “Physis Situation” concept / model which essentially defines the methodological specific of contemporary knowledge, specific that moves further away every day from linear – equilibrium situation, typical for the entire modern scientific knowledge.

The book ends with an “Index of terms” (p. 260), from which I would suggest the following ones: the collapse of dualism; communication in broad sense; dialogues Felecan-Prigogine; dualism and complexity revolution; the main contemporary methodological dangers (Cartesianism being the first!); the new structure of causal relation; the reductionism of modern culture toward potentiality; the stages of scientific knowledge; tuned reality; world as organism, etc.

As a final note I wish to mention that I dedicate this book to my 6 + 1 children: Florin, Natasha, Nadia, Alexandra, Emilian, Otilia and…Tatiana.


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