Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

Structures, philosophy: structures are properties of an object, a set, or a domain of objects which determine the constitution and possible formability of this object, this set, or this domain. The properties defining the structure may be derived from the objects, e.g. magnetic forces or electric charge or can be imprinted on the objects such as e.g. the mathematical operations of multiplication or addition. See also order, system, relations.

Annotation: The above characterizations of concepts are neither definitions nor exhausting presentations of problems related to them. Instead, they are intended to give a short introduction to the contributions below. – Lexicon of Arguments.

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I 100
Definition structure/Maturana: a system defines the space in which it exists as a composite unit, which can be affected by interactions of its components - but the structure does not determine its properties as a unit - an unknown system cannot only be specified or determined by its structure.
I 101
Separate systems may have the same organization but different structure - structure can change, while the organization remains.
I 104
Structure/medium/Maturana: the structure of the medium produces the concrete historical sequence of influences, which select from the set of possible state sequences those that are realized.
I 162
Structure/Maturana: specifies in which structural configurations of a medium a composite unit can interact at all - without the organization getting lost.

Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution.

Mat I
U. Maturana
Biologie der Realität Frankfurt 2000

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Ed. Martin Schulz, access date 2017-07-26