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This website is dedicated to the free publication of a philosophical enquiry concerning ontology and epistemology.

A work initially written over a decade past is being systematically rewritten by the author in hopes of improved clarity and cohesion of arguments. The completed rewrite is anticipated to be approximately 450,000 words (roughly, 1,500 pages), and will likely take well over a decade to produce. Until the rewrite’s completion and release in paperback form, first drafts of revised chapters will be uploaded onto this site, making them freely available to anyone who might be interested.

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— Update (Feb. 10, 2024):

Chapter 13—which addresses the prototelos as the ultra-predominant, ubiquitously applicable telos to all volition—is now uploaded. The next two chapters which complete Part 3 will require considerably more attention to proper expression, one which balances optimal stringency of argument with optimal readability. Due to this, it is anticipated that these last two chapters of Part 3 will be uploaded no sooner than in a few month's time.

Thank you for your continued interest.



An Enquiry into the Nature of Being

Michael W Moiceanu (MWMoiceanu)

mwmenquiry@gmail.com

• Preface

Preface Stub

Volume One: Certainty, Awareness, Will, Mind, and Selfhood

• Part I: Foundational Principles

Chapter 1: Demarcating Certainty, Uncertainty, and Doubt

Chapter 2: The Cohort of All Those Concerned

Chapter 3: Validating the Law of Non-contradiction

• Part 2: Awareness

Chapter 4: The Reality of the Eidem

Chapter 5: Our Four Modes of Awareness

Chapter 6: Our Three Strata of Awareness as Eidems

Chapter 7: Demarcating Consciousness

Part 3: Causation, Volition, and its Determinants

Chapter 8: Concerning Determinacy

Chapter 9: Three Metaphysical Classifications for Causes

Chapter 10: The Reality of a Causally Semideterminate World

Chapter 11: Validating Our Free Will

Chapter 12: Volition’s Basic Determinants, Part I—Intentions

Chapter 13: Volition’s Basic Determinants, Part II—The Prototelos

Chapter 14: Volition’s Basic Determinants, Part III—Teleions

Chapter 15: The Prototelos and Choice Making

Part 4: Negating the Logical Possibility of Solipsism

Chapter 16: An Eidem’s Discernment of its Body

Chapter 17: Requirements for Effect Production

Chapter 18: The Impossibility of Being the Sole Eidem in Existence

Part 5: Mind

Chapter 19: An Eidem-Inclusive Bundle Theory of Mind

Chapter 20: Enactive, Inherent, and Disjoined Volitions

Chapter 21: Concerning Thought

Chapter 22: Concerning Memory

Chapter 23: Concerning Forethought

Chapter 24: Concerning Expectations

Chapter 25: Concerning Selfhood

Chapter 26: Concerning Self-Awareness

Chapter 27: Concerning the Animus and the Anima

Chapter 28: Happiness and Suffering Revisited

Volume Two: Forms, Objectivity, Compatibilism, Truth, and Value

Part 8: Form Determinacy

Chapter 29: Formal Interdeterminacy

Chapter 30: Four Jointly Exhaustive Possibilities of Form

Chapter 31: Of Relations between Body and Mind

Part 9: Deriving the Metaphysics of Objectivity

Chapter 32: Concurrences of Eidems

Chapter 33: Four Jointly Exhaustive Types of Reality

Chapter 34: Concerning the Two Types of Objective Reality

Chapter 35: Retroactive Compatibilism

Chapter 36: Progressive Uniformitarianism

Chapter 37: Concerning the Supernal

Part 10: Concerning Truth and Belief

Chapter 38: Four Truth Types

Chapter 39: Of Trust and Belief

Chapter 40: Enactive, Learned, and Innate Trust

Part 11: Value Theory

Chapter 41: The Identity Preservation Drive

Chapter 42: Deriving What Should be from that Euteleion which Is

Chapter 43: The Apeiroson

Chapter 44: The Tyrannon

Chapter 45: The Preservon

Chapter 46: The Nihilon

Chapter 47: The Ineuteleion

Chapter 48: Compound Teloi and Teloi Concessions

Chapter 49: Competition between Teloi

Volume Three: Reasoning, Epistemology, Spacetime, Aesthetics, and Science

Part 12: Reasoning

Chapter 50: Logical Identity, Noncontradiction, and the Excluded Middle

Chapter 51: Of Form and Causal Information

Chapter 52: Of Reasoning and Justification

Chapter 53: Of Pre-Socratic Logos and the Notion of Karma

Chapter 54: Abductions, Inductions, and Deductions

Chapter 55: Of Numbers and Mathematics

Part 13: Epistemology

Chapter 56: Justification

Chapter 57: Knowledge

Chapter 58: Understanding

Part 14: Spacetime

Chapter 59: The Intrasubjective Present Moment

Chapter 60: The Equisubjective Present Moment

Chapter 61: Intra-, Inter-, and Equi-syncretic Spacetime

Part 15: Aesthetics

Chapter 62: Biological Fairness

Chapter 63: Psychological Fairness

Chapter 64: Conceptual Fairness

Part 16: Science

Chapter 65: The Scientific Method

Chapter 66: Natural Selection

Chapter 67: On the Emergence of Life from Nonlife

Chapter 68: Concerning the Beginning and End of the Universe