Disiplinlerarası Çalışmalar Dergisi Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies

In Search of an Authentic Answer to an Immemorial Question: Is It Possible to Describe (Conclusively) Reality Through Language?

The problem of knowledge and description of reality in language is among the most significant problems of epistemology in general, and philosophy of science in particular. This article discusses the question of whether it is possible to accurately depict reality through language via an examination of the studies of Şakir Kocabaş, who made a rigorous and profound analysis on engineering, applied sciences, logic, artificial intelligence, and philosophy of science. For both understanding and truly solving the problems encountered within philosophy-science, Kocabaş first pointed out the necessity of Grammatical Distinctions of the Statements. He argued that reality, being unable to be described accurately and consistently up to today within both the Western tradition and Islamic thought of the post-translation movement, might be described accurately only by means of a powerful and true conceptual framework. To accomplish this task, he attempted to investigate the concepts in the Qur’an, which he regarded as the unique source of powerful and true language. This article critically examines the scientific approach that Kocabaş tried to develop and his overall judgments on both Western and Islamic traditions. It classifies and analyzes Kocabaş’s project in three steps: his warnings about grammatical distinctions are characterized as obligatory, his efforts to reconcile physics and reality as possible, and finally his inquiry into science relying upon the concepts of the Qur’an as impossible. İshak ARSLAN
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