Metaphysikos To Thaumatos

Metaphysics of Wonder - Kazis Kripaitis

Author and Context

Music, science, poetry, and philosophy are my first loves. These muses guided my youth in Vermont, my career as a stage illusionist, and my path from honors graduation at Harvard College to a Fellowship invitation for the Institute for Advanced Studies. In 2000, I was struck by intuition, and dedicated myself to independent science and philosophy. The culmination of this study is the Metaphysikos To Thaumatos.

The ethical intuition struck first, and like lightning. Our age is in rough shape, and we are only just learning to master the power of our misanthropy for private gain. While the morally neutral perspective is an easy one, and even still allows for 'evil', our age struggles to grasp the concept of 'good' at the deep and metaethical level. Conversation on this degenerates into the century-old quabble on realism and irrealism that has clogged the pipes of epistemology since Nietzsche. My insight on moral realism by way of irrealism became a 15 year contemplation.

Epistemology aside, the ethical commitment can only be made under the banner of a radical ontology. I had intended to study particle physics in my academy days before I had been drawn to the dark side of literature and philosophy. My personal studies in this area began in 1995, and culminated in a series of insights on individuation and ontology in 2015. Simply put, our best studies of the very small show us that the smallest things, the things that everything is made of, are not things. With no 'one' things, what does math count? How does perspective inform how we need to adjust our understanding of the relationship between logic and ontology?

Returning to knowledge and reason, it was clear to me that progress in this area had been blocked by the modern discussion on realism and irrealism, an intollerable frustration given the awaiting reward - several ideas that had been the goal of philosophers for centuries. My resolution to this has both an existential and ontological ground: truth-adequacy is the limit of reason in the Self, as it is in the cosmos under the rules of Relativity and probability. Adequacy is all that is ever needed to arrive at 'truth', which has the liberty to transform into untruth as needed.

In the synthesis, I focus on the metaphysics of compassion as it concerns the human experience - explaining that compassion, like everything, is a force of nature. But this study could consider joy, artistic inspiration, malice, and many other 'emotions'. Compassion exposes the largest surface of the phenomenon of selflessness, and is thus most useful to my work.

And how does wonder factor into this? Beyond Wittgenstein's prescription for "silence" in metaphysics because of the limits of language, we are in the midst of an age which shows us miracles of physics beyond what reason can explain. Wonder, the fire of intuition - a knowledge from understanding without reason, points the way toward a fresh epistemology. Only our devotion to outdated ontologies and expectations of reason keep us from a new age of philosophy and art.

The Metaphysikos To Thaumatos is meant to be a foundation stone, a reference that exists, if ever needed, which addresses core topics in philosophy. It wants to provide a uniting thread, woven through the works of related artists and thinkers in this and other ages. A forthcoming Volume Two of this work will cover related existential topics: aesthetic, political, and social theory, and thoughts on how to live.