Philosophy as poetry that aspires to be non-fiction.
I have refined this position. Philosophy is logos that aspires to mathema.
A number is a transparent word. But there is only one number, and that number is one. And that number is abstract.
For practical and artistic reasons, we draw a vertical stroke, which just happens to be a Euclidean line, a personal pronoun in English, and a phallic symbol, but that's another thread....
Poetry is analogical for two reasons. First, it is an analog signal, in the sense that it's meaning (i.e. the meaning of most words)
or no more fixed than the value of pi. (A few words are exceptions to this, but they are not metaphorical.)
Poetry is also analogical or continuous because words are concepts, and concepts exist for two purposes, as far as I can tell. First, they organize the flux of qualia. Words divide the world into bite-size mentionable and thinkable
pieces. In fact, man as far as he conceptualizes....can only
think in pieces. The other purpose of concepts is not the organization of qualia but rather the organization of other concepts.
Synthesis and metaphor are one. And this last sentence is
what it describes. We can only think in pieces and meaning is transferred by equating or uniting or synthesizing
pieces. The essence of a concept is synthesis. Concept is always and only synthesis, including the synthesis with negation. We can say what a thing/concept is not.
It seems to me that all abstraction/synthesis is also always negation.
Philospohy as logos can only become as clean as number by means of abstraction toward the transcendental. Logos is always "half
-"transcendental in that all concept is a synthesis, or a unity. But to the degree that logos is metaphorical and refers to the spatial present, it is not
transcendental but temporal meaning continuous. Negative theology is God washed as clean as a number...and not just any
number, but the only
number...but do not forget the minus sign. God is not one but rather negative one, or non-one, or the square root of negative one, or i.