symbology for first-person philosophy

§1: numbering reality types

in current thinking there are concepts for three reality types: existential, phenomenological and ontological. the table below lists definitions for these terms, as they are used in humanese english, HE.

language of reality types in humanese english
Reality Type Definition
1 existential matter, energy, spacetime. anything composed of any combination of these.
2 phenomenological a phenomenological reality is an experiential reality, either experiencing or experienced --- irregardless of whether there is a metaphenomenal reality that generates, produces, explains or otherwise 'accounts for' the experience itself.
3 ontological any metaphenomenal reality that is not an existential reality.

§2: subscripting first-person singular pronouns

by assigning a number to each reality type, one may then subscript other words to specify the reality type asserted of its referent.

when used with first-person singular pronouns, this notation allows one to represent psychophilosophical viewpoints, to conduct psychophilosophical inquiry and discourse without using nouns that are notoriously difficult to define. for example, the search-focusing question 'is there an I3?' may be contemplated, discussed or investigated --- all without defining nouns such as 'self', 'soul', 'spirit', 'mind', 'consciousness' and many others.

in the following table I2've listed various first person singular pronouns by which components (or alleged components) of the human individual may simultaneously self-reference and self-assert a particular reality type without using problematic noun-based terminology.

first person singular pronouns of humanese english
Symbol Reality Type Assertion Specification

Component Specific Pronouns

I1 existential I1 exist the component of the human individual that is composed of matter and energy; the human body.
I2 phenomenological I2 experience the component of the human individual that experiences and which may wonder about its origins, its relation to other components and its fate; the experiencer.
I3 ontological I3 be the component that is composed of something other than existential realities; goes by any number of names.

in many cases, individual speakers may wish to differentiate the individual or collective nature to the I3. where this is important, one may use I3i and/or I3c.

Backwards Compatible, Gestalt Pronoun

I0 - I0 live the whole, the totality, the gestalt that is one entire human individual irregardless of internal structure; may or may not turn out to be a composite of components of multiple reality types. 'I0' can be used interchangeably with the component-amibiguous 'I' of VE except where the component structure of the human individual is an issue.

Placeholders or Variables

Ix ? Ix, Iy, Iz am as variables these pronouns may be used for self-referencing by 'this' which does not know or suspends its beliefs about its reality type.

as placeholders, particularly when translating a text from third-person, noun-based terminology to first-person pronoun-based terminology temporarily indicate where in the text a first-person singular, self-reference occurs without prematurely specifying the reality type of that which is self-referencing. when it becomes clear what is self-referencing, Ix must be replaced with one of the numbered pronouns listed above.


§3: elements of a structural diagram

a structure diagram combines the component symbols to indicate what a given belief system assumes or concludes concerning relationships between or among the components symbolized.

a structure diagram uses the component symbols/pronouns listed above together with symbols that indicate the nature of the relationship between symbols to depict a given belief system or perspective.

for example, [ I1 => I2 ] might be used to represent various forms of naturalism, a popular belief system which holds that there is no I3 and that the I2 is generated solely by the brain, the I1.


symbols for use in structure diagrams
Symbol Translation Useage
- link links, relates or associates components without indicating the nature of the relationship.
> and < direction these indicate direction; and, must be used with another symbol positioned on the open side of the direction symbol.
identity alleges that the components linked are actually identical (logically equivalent) where an identity relation, A ≡ B, means A = B && B = A.

'morning star' ≡ 'evening star' because both phrases refer to the same planet, venus.
=> or <= identification A => B alleges that B is no more than an A; but, that an A is more than just a B. alternately, B is a function A and only A. The symbol 'points to' the dependent component.
~> or <~ function of A ~> B alleges that B is an attribute of or a function of (is generated by) A; but, does not assume that B is a function of A only. the possibility of other contributing factors is what differentiates a functional relationship from the identification relationship.
* influence must be used with a directional symbol to indicate that one term in the structure diagram influences another, such as by generating content experienced by it or by having an effect on it.
? acceptance of possibility I2 affirm a possibility
! negation indicates the negation of the symbol or structure to its immediate right.
^ two aspects connects two component symbols. if the two symbols are different, they represent two aspects of a greater whole. if the same symbol appears twice and stradles the enclosure boundary, it represents something that is both within and without the individual. (NB: there is no significance to which symbol appears on the right and which on the left; thus, 'A^B == B^A' returns true).
/ union indicates that two (or more) items are being treated as components of a larger system; for example, consider what jungians call the ego/Self axis. 'ego/Self' represents the the union of two entities that are usually considered separately. failure to conceptually distinguish the unified components is considered a pathological condition, 'ego/Self union'. this might be represented in first person triplicate as I2 / I3
[] enclosure (structure) represents an experiencer's view of the reality structure of a whole human individual; useful when composing a written representation of a philosophical position consistent with that view of a human individual, particularly when extension symbols (G3, G4 and G5) are used.
() grouping eliminates ambiguity when a connector is followed by one or more symbols; for example, [ I1 - I2 | ( I3 T3 ) ] indicates an explicit denial of both symbols inside the parentheses.
|| or a connector that may be used to link structure diagrams. (note: this is a logical 'or'. A || B means A or B or both A and B).
&& and a connector that may be used to link structure diagrams.


§4: Catalog of World Views

by putting these symbols together, one may classify psychologies, philosophies, theologies or any belief system insofar as it holds (assumes or concludes) a position as to the structure of a human individual.

my first attempt at such a classification of worldviews.