Correspondence, the ecstasy of reason

Correspondence is an ecstatic kind of reasoning. It first sees a structure it has long known as tried and true – let us say the relation between the legs and the face of a table. Then, on seeing another state of affairs, it gradually moves its constituent parts as though game pieces into a formation. This movement is assisted through the prior encounter with the structure, for the structure warrants and justifies the movement under this proviso: 

if it worked before, it can work again 

Example: suppose one is considering society. One can consider different institutions as legs which uphold free intercourse between men. The legs have ground in Reality, their rules set fixtures which govern hard and fast relations. Such hardness allows an open face, akin to the face of the table, in society itself, absent of strict rules. Envision one leg as the army, another as logistical supply chain management, another through economic consulting, and yet another through the government. These rule-bound institutions allow freedom outside themselves. 

This is an ecstatic vision, for its structural correspondence depends on nothing but the experience of a physical structure. It is on this experience that the maneuvering of the constituents of the state of affairs, in this case society itself and its parts, is performed. Thus, the ecstasy follows from experience itself and the alleged immediacy wherewith reasoning occurs. Reason follows no tracks (as in math and jurisprudence), but is led by itself to judge whatever it finds. 

This is, moreover, analogical reasoning. With nothing but Reason itself as its ground, analogy might then be called the height of ecstasy. Such is magic and the magician’s tables.


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