TREATISE OF SYMBOLICS
WHAT IS SYMBOLICS?
All the great religion founders were loved and understood for they spoke in symbols, the eternal creative language.
Man uses symbols by reasons of deficiency, but also of proficiency.
With symbols one can express what cannot be expressed otherwise, one can transmit the intransmissible, as in how the unconsciousness behaves when confiding to oneself its outbursts, desires, and fears via symbols, in return from the human attempts to veil them. And, in doing so, censorships, inhibitions, and that what one even fear to desire can be deceived.
And all of nature, with its silent language, expresses itself throughout symbols, which the artist feels and lives, the philosopher interprets, and the scientist translates into the great laws that rules the facts of the cosmic occurrence.
The symbol appears in art, in the language of lines, volumes, and colors, of tonalities, sounds, and harmonies, of the analogical meaning of terms and senses, of intentions not always clear.
And can be seen in temples and liturgies of all religions, in gestures of longing and fright of tombs and sanctuaries, as well in the slender flight of birds.
Speak to mankind in symbols religions, philosophy, art, and science, the earthy things and the living beings, the stars and the atoms, every universal range of occurrences. It indicates, points out, and refers to something that escapes from the eyes but not always from the hearts.
The symbol is the universal language of the cosmic occurrence. How could one avoid the establishment of a Symbolics?
But what is Symbolics? It is the study of the origin, evolution, life and death of symbols.
Symbolics is justified as a philosophical discipline because one can consider all things – as in the way they present themselves – as a “pointing out” to something else of which they are referring to.
The symbol is a mode of signification of the entity, which always refers to something.
Thus, symbol is a subcategory of the finite beings that present similar feature to value, which is one of the intensist categories that cannot be mistaken for the extensist categories of the classical philosophy. They – such as symbol, value, tension, etc. – refer to the intensist ways of being.
For our Concrete Philosophy, intensist categories are the following:
Symbol – object of Symbolics
Value – object of Axiology
Tension – object of the General Theory of Tensions
Ethos – object of Ethics (what ought be, sollen)
Esthetos – object of Aesthetics
Haecceitas – Object of Haeccetics, discipline that studies the unicity of the individual unity.
The justification of the above will come throughout our next books on each subject.