Hashgachah Peratis as a level of abstraction

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  1. ravyehoshua says:

    “All of the above descriptions could be true simultaneously, and as we get to higher levels of abstraction, intent becomes increasingly involved in the explanation.”

    Compare a fascinating presentation of a similar take (and much more) in “Prelude…Ant Fugue” by Douglas Hofstadter in Hofstadter and Dennett, “The Mind’s I”. Hofstadter was the author of the ’70’s classic
    “Godel, Escher and Bach”

  2. micha says:

    Since I was a big fan of GEB when I read it (wow, that long ago?), it’s quite likely Hofstadter’s thought was percolating in there when I came up with that post.

    Not that I was consciously aware of deriving from his thought.


  3. Anonymous says:

    ‘They don’t experience more events of hashgachah, but more hashgachah in what could be the same events.”

    I find it hard to believe this is what the rishonim are trying to say.

  4. Bob Miller says:

    You were exposed to Hofstadter’s idea so you could use it later for a higher purpose.

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