On the Qualitative Conception of Space

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On Tradition

In the modern scientific conception of the world, space is a purely homogenous, solely quantifiable void wherein atoms may bounce upon each other in randomised fashion to produce the various phenomena which present themselves to the senses, which produce thereafter thoughts in the human mind. Such a conception was completely foreign to the pre-modern civilisations, which we will call ‘traditional’ civilisations. For them space was also a quantitative field, being capable of measurement in some way, but it was most importantly and most correctly a qualitative field. Some examples: some locations were more sacred than others, all locations possessed a certain ‘spirit’ (genius loci), and the orientation of sacred rites was very important.

To start with a refutation of the idea that space can ultimately be measured in a definite quantitative way, we need only look to the Eleatic School. The famed paradoxes of Zeno serve as great examples of…

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