Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

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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.

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Dennett I 268
Function/Structure/Monod: Problem: one can see a contradiction in the fact that on the one hand the one-dimensional structure completely determines the function of the protein, on the other hand its function is bound to a three-dimensional structure whose information content is greater.
Solution: the information is contained in the specific milieu conditions! Initial conditions ensure that a certain structure is selected from the many possible ones. Elimination thus becomes ambiguity ("interpretation").


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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.

Mon I
J. Monod
Zufall und Notwendigkeit Hamburg 1982

Den I
D. Dennett
Darwins gefährliches Erbe Hamburg 1997

Den II
D. Dennett
Spielarten des Geistes Gütersloh 1999


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