Wednesday, May 27, 2020
‘PsychoHistorical Dialectics’ -- Part 02: ‘Seldonisms’ Series.
It is my pleasure, and my honor, as an officer of the Foundation Encyclopedia Dialectica [F.E.D.] Office of Public Liaison, and as a voting member of F.E.D., to share, with you, from time to time, as they are approved for public release by the F.E.D. General Council, key excerpts from the internal writings, and from the internal sayings, of our co-founder, Karl Seldon.
This second release in this new such series is posted below [Some E.D. standard edits have been applied, in the version presented below, by the editors of the F.E.D. Special Council for the Encyclopedia, to the direct transcript of our co-founder’s discourse].
In this 2nd installment, Seldon defines his pioneering concept of the fourth ‘ideo-ontological’ category in the Dyadic Seldon Function dialectical categorial series or progression that constitutes our theory of ‘The Dialectic of the Dialectic Itself’ -- the second ‘contra-category’ in that Dialectic of Dialectic; the category that he christened ‘PsychoHistorical Dialectics’.
“Our ‘Psychohistorical Dialectics’ is about [dialectical] theories of error regarding other [dialectical] theories. The goal of our ‘psychohistorical-dialectical method’ is to correct the errors of the ‘‘‘historical-dialectical’’’ theories upon which it operates, manifesting as the construction of a new, more adequate ‘‘‘historical-dialectical theory’’’, one that includes an explanation of the errors of its predecessor theory in terms of ‘psychohistorical-material conditions’ prevailing during the epoch(s) in which those theories/ideologies arose, e.g., in terms of the “social forces of production”, the “social relations of production”, and the state of the ‘human phenome/human genome complex unity’ then prevailing.”
“Although our ‘psychohistorical dialectical’ theories of error do not shrink from exploring critiques per standards which are external to those of the theory-objects being reviewed and celebrated/criticized, they are, in the main, about immanent critique.”
“ ‘Psychohistorical Dialectics’ involves the ‘intermutual’ confrontation between two or more distinct, opposing ‘‘‘Historical Dialectics’’’ theories, in our sense thereof, or between two or more theories that can be interpreted as implicitly ‘‘‘historical-dialectical’’’, even if they are not explicitly so, and/or even if they were not ‘intendedly’ so per their theorizers.”
“These two or more ‘historical-dialectical’ theories may have originated in two different, past historical epochs.”
“They may have originated each in the same past historical epoch.”
“They may have originated, one [or more] in a past historical epoch, the other(s) in the present historical epoch.”
“Or, they may have both originated in the present historical epoch. Indeed, one of those theories may be the theory [initially] held by the ‘celebrator’/critic of those present theories.”
“In any of these cases, our ‘psychohistorical dialectical method’ involves an in-depth, detailed, immersive collision between[, or among], these two [or more] ‘‘‘historical-dialectical’’’ categorial-progression-form theories.”
“If this Method is successful, the result is a ‘‘‘third(+)’’’, new, higher, richer, better, more predictively accurate ‘‘‘historical-dialectical’’’ theory, one which achieves a ‘‘‘dialectical synthesis’’’ of the two or more contradictory dialectical theories or systems whose ‘intermutually’ critical interactions gave rise to it.”
“In the latter case cited above, in which both/all theories to be celebrated/critiqued arise in the present epoch of their reviewer/celebrant/critic, and in which one of those theories is that then held by that reviewer/celebrant/critic, the successful operation of this method yields an improvement in the theory held by that reviewer/celebrant/critic.”
For more information regarding these Seldonian insights, please see --
For partially pictographical, ‘poster-ized’ visualizations of many of these Seldonian insights -- specimens of ‘dialectical art’ -- see:
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Participant, F.E.D. Special Council for Public Liaison,
Officer, F.E.D. Office of Public Liaison.