Q & A

New to prosophy’s basic concepts? Here’s a few questions and answers to begin with. Please, visit the Posts page to comment, launch a question, or ask for more.

About this site

Let’s see this site as an appendix-in-progress to a few essays on prosophy I published between 2012 and 2014. They are available here to download for free. Pages in the Basics submenu offer an overview of prosophy’s concepts, while the Posts section is where comments are added and a prosophy forum is open to analytical and artistic contributions. [top]

What is prosophy?

Prosophy is the overall worldview that results from the most encompassing comprehension of the terms of life – animal, human, and alien. Prosophy’s quest concerns what meta-view anybody might possibly adhere to in order to comprehend everyone’s viewpoints and leave all native sense intact. [top]

What does prosophy mean?

‘Sophy’ stands for ‘wise knowledge’. The ‘pro’ element in ‘prosophy’ means ‘instead [of bullying wisdom into what fancies us best]’ and ‘in favor of [an all-encompassing conception of what unbiased wisdom asks us to acknowledge]’. Prosophy hints to the difficult art of knowing wisely, instead of just granting a self-indulgent frame of mind some ideological cover-up. [top]

Why after philosophy?

Philosophers missed their highest goal, which was to discover the originarian, what initiates all difference of conception and comes first without exception. They asked the right question, but the most satisfying answers were of the exclusive kind. Invariably, to embrace a system of thought or even a single existential answer, you had to reject most other systems and answers, if not edit the question. Now, our globalized world asks for a truly inclusive, all-encompassing view. We have entered, willfully or not, a post- philosophical age. As the quest goes on, we look beyond philosophy while trying to save its thrust toward a knowledge set valuable to us all. [top]

What is prosophy’s horizon?

It’s easier to sum up the prosophic attitude by way of a mental scenario. Think of yourself as an universal being, who’s living since the dawn of life on Earth and who has gone through every experience anyone, man or beast, has lived – every perception feeling deed action reaction process opinion dialogue memory story dream etc. When you’re ready, try to figure out what your elementary understanding of life would be. Such an encompassing explanation is what we are looking for. [top]

About prosophy’s fields of research.

Prosophy studies the basic structure of all that is the case, i.e. live acts and their evenience, their general functioning. What was ontology to philosophers, prosophy calls general biography, its first field of research. It comes as a straight correction to ontology, since there’s absolutely no way to even think of any ontological being before actually being to the world. There are no entities in general biography, only acts and their facets. Their functioning requires all sort of connections, too, regardless of their compliance to an accepted logic. Thus a second field is prologic. A third field is prosophical narrative. No system of thought can capture our being-to-the-world; the only way to understand it is through multiple depiction. [top]

What is general biography’s core tenet?

The simple is a product of the complex. Being-to-the-world is the most elementary unit. Nothing happens before, after, or out of a being-to-the-world’s frame. Three mutually concomitant agents, or roots, are necessarily at work whenever a live act occurs: arise, decide, relate (A|D|R). They are the originarian factors of all that comes to happen. The A|D|R roots can be easily ignored, or misconceived in a number of ways, but they cannot be avoided. An appropriate conception of the A|D|R co-factors must allow for their all-inclusive range of action. [top]

A hint at prologic.

The A|D|R co-agents must relate in every act and from act to act. Intra- and inter-act nexus do not necessarily comply to those rules that our local reasoning happens to consider logical, or even sound. Logic is just a branch of prologic. [top]

On proethics.

As it is, human being-to-the-world implies no moral principles. All ethics must be volunteered, meaning that ethics are liable to all kind of local prejudice. Proethics look for the universal frame of all local ethics and personal morals. [top]

The art of being to the world.

To most people, artwork is by far more compelling than steady reasoning. It’s easy to see why. The Greek imprint on Western philosophy warranted reliance on reason’s results, to avoid vulgar superstition and found a solid realm of knowledge. But to believe in reason’s defining, simplifying , and clarifying powers, one has to supplant the living being behind and beyond those powers. Living is an art, the most articulate one. Prosophy is concerned with the art of living. Therefore, whatever allows a deeper view on life’s composite complexity is of uppermost value. While reason’s tools serve science and technology, art products depict life from all viewpoints with their imaginative and narrative powers. [top]

Why is prosophy to be explored rather than explained?

Because it offers an entirely new intellectual perspective, a truly existential one, which results from a multitude of individual and collective efforts. It requires deep changes in people’s meta-cognitive ways and views. Prosophy is the future of philosophy; it’s what old philosophy is developing into. The process will take time to root, but in the end the rebirth of philosophy as prosophy (or any other name of the same content) will occur. Radically new ontology, logic, and ethics will prevail. [top]

About the Prosophy Project.

It’s a private intellectual enterprise whose point is to represent and enhance what is universally common to all living beings. In general, whatever is found to enhance prosophy’s concepts has part in the Project. Specifically, its mission is to shed light on the prosophical revolution, its steps and turns, benefits and risks. [top]

Who’s behind the Project?

There’s really no one behind, except the author of Prosophy, and his wish to reach the public of readers, listen to critiques, enhance prosophical studies. Anybody wishing the same is welcome to back the Project with their own contributions. [top]

On the Project’s logo.

Two young hands are loosely entwined, three fingers per hand, to form a kind of protective cupping over a source of light. The three fingers stand for the A|D|R roots, or agents of all acts. Their union symbolizes evenience. Their loose connection hints at prologic. The hidden light is what all intellectual knowledge should aim to, caring for the fourth, proethical root of human life. [top]

How can I take part in the Project?

First, you want an explicit exposure to the being-to-the-world question. An implicit exposure is what you have been subject to since birth, but now you’ll try to evaluate your educated answers, and see to them that they effectively encompass all acts and all evenience. Then you will confront with alien answers, the more alien the better. When ready with your personal rendering of the all-encompassing answer to the being-to-the-world question, you’re are kindly invited to tell about it on this site, or to make it known elsewhere. If you feel like doing more within this site’s rendition of the Prosophy Project, have a look at the | posts | pages and post your vision. [top]

Is the Project profitable?

The Prosophy Project is a purely cognitive enterprise. It is free for everybody to be part of it. There’s no money involved, either given/paid or taken/asked. [top]

About this website
So what is prosophy?
What does prosophy mean?
Why after philosophy?
What is prosophy’s horizon?
About prosophy’s fields of research.
What is general biography’s core tenet?
A hint at prologic.
A word on proethics.
The art of being to the world.
Why is prosophy better explored than explained?
About the Prosophy Project.
On the Project’s logo.
Who’s behind the Project?
How can I take part in the Project?
Is the Project profitable?