Being a Self and the Place of Man

Heidegger wrote somewhere or other that the four elements of any basic metaphysical stance were (paraphrasing from memory): The meaning of Being and of essence as the midpoint between Being and beings. The meaning of currency and its relation to economics, things and trade. The meaning of value as the mediator between price and worth.… Continue reading Being a Self and the Place of Man

How the Results of Disruption Changes the Discussion Between Aficionados of Specific Languages and Environments

Although the previous articles only give a broad outline of the results of disruption and a single example.  If accepted as broadly the case, they change the ‘argument’ or discussion, as I prefer to think of it, particularly that between aficionados of environments that, while niche, are nevertheless general-purpose, stable and reliable. Firstly, those environments… Continue reading How the Results of Disruption Changes the Discussion Between Aficionados of Specific Languages and Environments

Disrupted Software the Disrupted Software Industry Uses to Build Disruptive Software

In the previous article I looked the ways and reasons the software industry disrupts the very tools it uses to write software, and the results in terms of disrupting itself. In this article I’d like to look at the nature of the development tools themselves and how disruption has affected the way they, and the… Continue reading Disrupted Software the Disrupted Software Industry Uses to Build Disruptive Software

Software is Virtual; the Virtual is Disruptive; Software Disrupts the Development of Software

That capitalism tends towards the virtual, and that the virtual is disruptive, not least to capitalism itself, is not a new idea. It’s already there in the work that ironically most defines capitalism, Marx’s Kapital.  If the latter seems like an odd statement, consider that Marx himself disowned what had come to be called, already,… Continue reading Software is Virtual; the Virtual is Disruptive; Software Disrupts the Development of Software

Reality and the ‘Simple’ True, or the True-in-Itself, or the Truth

Ostensibly we are free.  It is a claim that was stated clearly in the 18th century, though in a double manner, as ontological freedom by Kant together with factical unfreedom and the resulting inability to know the in-itself, and as freedom as an ‘inalienable human right’ together with the obviousness with which that inalienable right… Continue reading Reality and the ‘Simple’ True, or the True-in-Itself, or the Truth

“Building-With Versus Building-On” Improving Software Development Incrementally

Three articles and a doctoral thesis that I came across or had pointed out to me recently deal with the state of the software industry from different angles. However different they are, they do relate, and by putting them together a more comprehensive view of both how we got to this state, and how we… Continue reading “Building-With Versus Building-On” Improving Software Development Incrementally

The Doctrine of the Four Causes in ‘AI’ Development

in thinking through the relations between the four modes of aiton (cause, but from the perspective of the thing conceived as entelechia, a self-contained unity), telos is both initial bounds and goal, as such it is requirements and their fulfillment, in this it’s intimately related to eidos, which as the outward aspects are the bounds… Continue reading The Doctrine of the Four Causes in ‘AI’ Development