Part 08: The Seldon Dialogues, Excerpts --
The ‘Meta-Equation’ of Cosmological ‘EROSIS’.
It is my pleasure, and my honor, as an Officer of the Foundation Encyclopedia Dialectica [F.E.D.] Office of Public Liaison, 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 sayings, of our co-founder, Karl Seldon.
The eighth such release in this new series is pasted in below [Some E.D. standard edits have been applied, in the version presented below, to the direct transcript of our co-founder’s discourse].
Member, Foundation Encyclopedia Dialectica [F.E.D.],
Officer, F.E.D. Office of Public Liaison.
“... In ancient Greek mythology, the word “Eros” named a divine force that was then sometimes seen as ‘‘‘ever combining the stuff of the «kosmos» into ever higher unities’’’.”
“With reference to that mythopoeic intuition, and despite its somewhat mystical overtones, we can well describe the F.E.D. ‘Dialectical “Theory of Everything”, Dialectic of Nature Meta-Equation’ as a model of the empirically-observed cosmological process of ‘erosis’, which is our name for the trend of self-re-iterating, scale-escalating, «aufheben» ‘meta-«monad»-ization’ that we see all around us, as the concrete process binding ‘‘‘the stuff of the «kosmos» into ever higher unities’’’.”
"The entry on “Eros” in an historical lexicon of ancient Greek philosophical terms is quite informative in this regard: “...Eros is one of the many personifications that appear in the prephilosophical cosmogonies. But unlike most of the others that represent states, e.g., Night, Chaos, Earth, Heaven..., Eros is a force. In the Orphic cosmogonies he unites all and from these unions is born the race of the immortal gods...; in Hesiod he is among the first to emerge from Chaos and draws all else together...; according to Pherecydes..., when Zeus wishes to create (demiourgein) he changes into Eros. Eros, then, is a motive force on a sexual model used to explain the “marriage” and “birth” of the mythological elements, a species of “First Mover” in the ancient cosmogonies, and was recognized as such by Aristotle (Meta. 984b). And even as the mythological trappings began to fall away in the speculations of the physikoi Eros, the mover, or now, more frequently, Aphrodite, continued to play a role in conjoining the opposite powers.”
[F. E. Peters, Greek Philosophical Terms, New York: New York University Press, 1967, pp. 62-63.].”
“Indeed, the symbol at the core of our very logo is a depiction of the ‘“conjoining of opposite powers”’. ...”