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It‘s [[p_152]] itself might provide if we could come that close to it, which, alas, we never can do, as Immanuel Kant pointed out long ago. We can get from the thing itself, the Ding an sich , Kommentar [d48]: This would require some further investigation. GB‟s kind of “descartioan” distinction between Pleroma and Creatura is a useful intellectual tool, but it remains to be seen whether certain combinantion of aspects he reserves for the „systemic‟ or „non - pleromatic‟ side of the world can be found in „purely‟ Pleromatic configurations. Think of e.g. using a subset of his six/seven criteria.
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only such information as a few of its immanent differentiations will allow our sense organs and scientific instruments to pick up. We therefore must look first at the systematic discrepancies which necessarily exist between what we can say and what we are trying to describe. Before we begin to draw any map, we must be clear about th e difference between ―map‖ and ―territory.‖ In description we frequently refer to ―structure,‖ not to specify what must be but to attempt to describe the infinite detail of what we have observed. To say that a plant or a leaf has a ―structure‖ means that w e can make general descriptive statements about it. We claim, by calling something ―structure,‖ that we can do better than concentrate upon single details one at a time. If I say that the spine of an animal is a repetitive structure, uniting the parts into a ―column,‖ I am already asserting some sort of regularity or organization among parts. I am making a statement that applies not to any single vertebra but to an aggregate of vertebrae. The very notion of structure always gets away from the infinite detail of the particular. Underlying the very word structure is the notion of some sort of generality. The philosopher Whitehead once remarked that while arithmetic is the science of particular numbers and their handling, algebra is the science that arises whe n the word ―particular‖ is replaced by the word ―any.‖ In this sense, structure is the algebra of that which is to be described; it is always at least one degree more abstract. Structure presumes a gathering and sorting of some of the infinite details, which can then be thrown away and summary statements offered in their place. It is important to distinguish between classes and groups in this context. The me mbers of a ―class‖, as I here use the word, are gathered together in terms of some common characteristic that they share; the members of a ―group: are gathered because each member is somehow a modulation of some other member or members. There is some process or, as the mathematicians say, some ―operation‖ by which members of the group are transformed one into another. Indeed, the theory of biological evolution would be much improved if biologists would model their thoughts and language upon the available mathematics for describing groups. This would force them to develop some theory of structural relatedness more sophisticated that the mere use of ―homology‖ [[p_153]] as evidence of phylogenetic history. There is surely a
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