In the days after humanity miraculously avoided nuclear annihilation in the wars and turmoil subsequent the permanent disruption of global ecology and trade patterns in the light of global warming,* the Guardians of Humanity re-discovered the work of Heather Douglas and George Smith, and they organized the sciences in such a way that a new age of Enlightenment was ushered in; in their institutional desig the sciences reflexively integrate human value and passion as well as systematically exploit anomalies such that after centuries of virtuous epistemic feedback loops, they attain a final theory about the world. A key role was played, following the Schaffer-rule, by the fruitful heuristic of searching for essences, or formal causes, by deploying the PSR and the introduction of quasi-final-causes (which are dispensable).
Physics, chemistry, biology, ecology, and psychology** are essentially complete. It is a joyous time for the Regimenters and the Ideologists, who offer the definitive interpretation of the book of the world. It has turned out that despite the nay-sayers (and their silly mutterings of neutral quantification), there is, indeed, a single modal logic that captures the modal structure of the world. In this Golden Age, Mary, the brilliant product of several generations of directed enhancement, has special exemption from the rules that govern the epistemically promising. In their collective wisdom the Guardians of Humanity have decided that The Exempt can choose their own intellectual trajectory so as not to stifle human innovation by over-planning. Mary is sent to the Pauline academy, where the Guardians teach the Next in addition to a multitude of engineering sciences (including higher computational Bayesianism), the history of political philosophy (especially the Fragments of Zeno of Citium, Plato, More, Bacon, and Wollstonecraft) as well as Epistemic Policy Science (lots of Swift, Knight, and L.A. Paul).
She enjoys the historians of philosophy she encounters, especially their subversive sense of humor, but she dislikes their spleenish hatred of Enlightenment and their condescension toward the Living Stoics (a sect that does no harm and plays its assigned role) and the academic Aestheticians. She enjoys pure mathematics and para-consistent logics as a pass-time, but prefers N-dimensional chess puzzles and writing poetry. The pull of engineering is great because humanity's needs continue to outstrip its resources; it is what her unit expects, but, perhaps that's why she won't. She recognizes that technology's dance will continue to feed the need for creative policy ethicists who can continue the work to search for an ongoing reflective equilibrium between the Syncretic Gospels and the demands of the PSR, but she becomes restless without fully understanding why at each Simon solution.
Yet, the Hymn recounts that one day, after her morning exercise, Mary found -- to speak metaphorically -- her voice and took the her first step on the path to true philosophy. --From: The Chronicles of Mary, 'The Revival of the Academy' (I).