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Article Type: Editorial From: Humanomics, Volume 27, Issue 1
This issue of Humanomics, International Journal of Systems and Ethics (HIJSE) (27/1) carries a potpourri of papers on various themes. Yet there is a fine tuning between them along lines of an ethical treatment of the issues covered.
Despite this attempt on the part of the contributors the endogenous treatment of ethics, which is the epistemic methodology of HIJSE, is not well comprehended. HIJSE centers on the revolutionary idea of unity of knowledge and its epistemic application to various problems of the world-system. The idea transcends the Vienna School paradigm of unity of the sciences only. HIJSE deals centrally with the conceptualization and application of the epistemic methodology of unity of knowledge. This is a widely systemic Scientific Research Program spanning across diverse areas of deep intellection. Such intellection comprises philosophy of science, political economy, social systems, religious perspectives, mathematical treatment of systems and cybernetics, and issues of economics, finance, history of thought and issues of the global order. Nothing is left out from a deeply analytical treatment of all issues in the light of the epistemology of unity of knowledge and its unifying implication on the world system. The contributors are rigorously analytical in nature while dealing with the sophisticated and mundane issues that affect our experiences with self and the other. Such a spread of intellection spanning a unified methodology and systemic approach to the study of diverse issues and problems comprises the HIJSE substantive interdisciplinary study.
Consider such a diversely spread-out area of intellection in the scheme of unity of knowledge – religion, banking, finance, and development. The usual compartmentalized study of issues in these areas cannot be intermingled, as specialization removes universality of the interdisciplinary worldview. Contrarily, HIJSE builds the missing worldview of universality and uniqueness of all explanations by the epistemic basis of oneness between diverse sub-systems.
In the light of such an organically unified worldview, religion fades away its personal character and assumes a social holism. This is as Einstein then and Hawking now refer to religion not as a domain of a personal God. The God of religion as the worldview defining the unity of knowledge between self and the other, and between social and scientific systems and within them – all over – is not a personal God. He is the God of the universe defining things in details through Law and via its application to the socio-scientific whole. Thus, the micro- and the macro-perspectives of the world system unite by way of interaction, integration, and creative evolution with the enabling, progressive, and unifying power of oneness, a divine attribute of knowledge and being.
Banking and finance, economics, and society then become sub-systems that cultivate the organically unified link in the intra- and inter-systemic domains. The micro- and macro-perspectives are unified into the micro-foundations of the macro-totality. There is no macro-entity anymore. It is the organic unity of the micro-foundational entities, all fired by their knowledge domains that enable unification by knowledge of the intra- and inter-systems. In all of these the development domain enters, as defined by its inner ineluctable character of learning in processes from lower to ever-higher levels of knowledge of organic unification and its construction of the world system, its inner sub-systemic problems and the aggregation arising there from. Indeed, if one is to now think of the millennium development goals, these would be seen as specific implements of the wholly unified social construction.
There is just one – universal and unique – methodology that richly washes all the sub-systems in the framework of their progressive move towards organic unity between them. The end result then is the unified and explanatory nexus of “everything” as J.D. Barrow refers to. This is the being and becoming of the HIJSE mind. We want to invoke it on the new and inquiring mind of all ages.
Masudul Alam Choudhury