Logic of Life

The current inability of science and scientists to address this problem – ‘What is life?’ and their complete failure in explaining how life arose from inorganic matter means that logic of life has to be approached from a different level [1]. Life does not follow either mechanical or chemical laws. Kant had enumerated two kinds of mechanical inexplicability of life. Mechanical systems are abstract idealization and are linear systems [2]. For many body problems these laws become inexact as they are governed by chaos and indeterminism [3]. A chemical system is governed by relativity of relations. Acid and base are defined in relation to one another. Hence their unity is more intrinsic unlike a mechanical system whose unity is external. Life has to be understood teleologically. That is all Kant showed [4]. Perception and consciousness are additional levels of reality in life. Hegel contributed with his science of logic. Sripad Ramanuja Acharya and Sripad Baladeva Vidyabhusana also contributed with commentaries on Vedanta Sutra. They have described logic of life as a dependent manifestation (part and parcel) of the Supreme Absolute Personality who is the original non-dual Whole Truth (Advaya-jnana tattva) [5]. Contributors are invited to submit their views and papers to discuss this topic from various perspectives of Biology, Philosophy, Vedanta and other Religions.


[1] Putnam, H., 'Two dogmas' revisited. In: Gilbert Ryle, Contemporary Aspects of Philosophy. Stocksfield, Oriel Press, 202–213, (1976).

[2] Ginsborg, H., Two Kinds of Mechanical Inexplicability in Kant and Aristotle, Journal of the History of Philosophy, Vol. 42, No. 1, 33–65, (2004).

[3] Puri, B., M., Worlds in Collision: The Stability of the Solar System: The Revolutionary Science of Spiritual Cosmology, The Harmonizer, Jan, (2013). http://mahaprabhu.net/satsanga/?download=Harmonizer_January_2013.pdf

[4] Puri, B., M., The Logic of Life, Science and Scientist, Bhaktivedanta Institute Newsletter, Jan – Mar.,  (2008). http://www.scienceandscientist.org/Science_and_Scientist-2008_Issue-1.pdf

[5] Prabhupada, Bhaktivedanta Swami, A.C., Srimad-Bhagavatam, verse 1.1.1, BBT, www.vedabase.net/sb/1/1/1

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