Jul 15, 2012

Elegi Menggapai Awal dan Akhir

Oleh: Marsigit
(Sumber: Ross, K.L., 2001)

Filsafat adalah olah pikir, maka peganglah itu. Jika olah pikir kita dalam hal tertentu bertentangan dengan hati kita, maka mohon ampunlah segera.

Membuktikan bahwa dunia itu mempunyai permulaan:
Berikut akan saya nukilkan bagaimana seorang Immanuel Kant berusaha membuktikan bahwa dunia itu mempunyai permulaan:

Thesis: The world has a beginning in time, and is also limited as regards space.

Proof by Immanuel Kant:
If we assume that the world has no beginning in time, then up to every given moment an eternity has elapsed, and there has passed away in that world an infinite series of successive states of things. Now the infinity of a series consists in the fact that it can never be completed through successive synthesis. It thus follows that it is impossible for an infinite world-series to have passed away, and that a beginning of the world is therefore a necessary condition of the world's existence. This was the first point that called for proof. As regards the second point, let us again assume the opposite, namely, that the world is an infinite given whole of co-existing things. Now the magnitude of a quantum which is not given in intuition [i.e. perception] as within certain limits, can be thought only through the synthesis of its parts, and the totality of such a quantum only through a synthesis that is brought to completion through repeated addition of unit to unit. In order, therefore, to think, as a whole, the world which fills all spaces, the successive synthesis of the parts of an infinite world must be viewed as completed, that is, an infinite time must be viewed as having elapsed in the enumeration of all co-existing things. This, however, is impossible. An infinite aggregate of actual things cannot therefore be viewed as a given whole, nor consequently as simultaneously given. The world is, therefore, as regards extension in space, not infinite, but is enclosed within limits. This was the second point in dispute.

Membuktikan bahwa dunia itu tidak mempunyai permulaan:

Berikut akan saya nukilkan bagaimana seorang Immanuel Kant berusaha membuktikan bahwa dunia itu tidak mempunyai permulaan:

Antithesis: The world has no beginning, and no limits in space; it is infinite as regards both time and space.

Proof by Immanuel Kant:
For let us assume that it has a beginning. Since the beginning is an existence which is preceded by a time in which the thing is not, there must have been a preceding time in which the world was not, i.e. an empty time. Now no coming to be of a thing is possible in an empty time, because no part of such a time possesses, as compared with any other, a distinguishing condition of existence rather than of non-existence; and this applies whether the thing is supposed to arise of itself or through some other cause. In the world many series of things can, indeed, begin; but the world itself cannot have a beginning, and is therefore infinite in respect of past time. As regards the second point, let us start by assuming the opposite, namely, that the world in space is finite and limited, and consequently exists in an empty space which is unlimited. Things will therefore not only be related in space but also related to space. Now since the world is an absolute whole beyond which there is no object of intuition, and therefore no correlate with which the world stands in relation, the relation of the world to empty space would be a relation of it to no object. But such a relation, and consequently the limitation of the world by empty space, is nothing. The world cannot, therefore, be limited in space; that is, it is infinite in respect of extension.

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