Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

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Theories: theories are statement systems for the explanation of observations, e.g. of behavior or physical, chemical or biological processes. When setting up theories, a subject domain, a vocabulary of the terms to be used and admissible methods of observation are defined. In addition to explanations, the goal of the theory formation is the predictability and comparability of observations. See also systems, models, experiments, observation, observation language, theoretical terms, theoretical entities, predictions, analogies, comparisons, evidence, verification, reduction, definitions, definability.

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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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Theory/Kauffman: their purpose is to provide a shorter description of the phenomena. > Algorithm.
Algorithm/Kauffman: Cells such as economic systems are non-equilibrium systems, it is conceivable that they behave in a way that represents their own shortest description. (>Theory).
From the theory of calculability it follows that non-equilibrium systems can be regarded as computers that execute algorithms.
For more extensive classes of such algorithms, there is no compact, legitimate description of their behavior.


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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.

Kau I
St. Kauffman
Der Öltropfen im Wasser München 1998

Kau II
Stuart Kauffman
At Home in the Universe: The Search for the Laws of Self-Organization and Complexity


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Ed. Martin Schulz, access date 2018-06-25