The Mathematical Loop of Estavayer

Keith Lehrer

in Self-Trust

Published in print January 1997 | ISBN: 9780198236658
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191679322 | DOI:
The Mathematical Loop of Estavayer

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This chapter argues that the keystone loop at Estavayer can, with an increase of arches, connect and integrate without limit. From the perspective of a given arch, the other arches may seem problematically rife with the potential for conflict. But the mathematical loop holds them together, supported by them as it supports them. The most important feature of the loop becomes clearer as we think of the arches multiplying to fill the space between them. For then it becomes clear that keystone loop is only a part of the arches and not anything separate from them. Within the mathematical loop we find the unity of perspectives, the unity of individual and society, of mind and body. In consciousness we find a loop of metamental ascent and objective descent to yield our knowledge of the content of thought and, hence, of acceptance and preference.

Keywords: keystone loop; Estavayer; mathematical loop; metamental ascent; knowledge

Chapter.  770 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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