The Organon
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The word organon (Greek, organon) literally translates as a tool or an instrument. Although it once referred specifically to Aristotle’s writings on logic, its usage was later broadened by Immanuel Kant, Francis Bacon, Johann Heinrich Lambert (Neues Organon or, in English, New Organon), and, perhaps most distinctively, Samuel Hahnemann and James Sanford Lamar.

Organon is defined as:

The organon used on The MarkFoster.ORGanon™ focuses on:

  1. The development of a sociological imagination. This term was coined by Columbia University sociologist, C. (Charles) Wright Mills (born in 1916 and died of a heart attack in 1962). It refers here to seeing beyond the individual level, including personal troubles, by relating each of our experiences to the issues, relationships, groups, and societies in which we participate.
  2. Emancipation. Unjust, oppressive societies and groups are not necessarily permanent. Emancipation can be achieved by what British philosopher refers to as co-presence (unity in difference). Through emancipative agency (not a simple change in awareness), we demonstrate our interdependence and inclusion.
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