Chapter

Basic Structures

in Holding On to Reality

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print April 1999 | ISBN: 9780226066257
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226066226 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226066226.003.0013
Basic Structures

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The most basic structure of all seems to be a division, and it appears to be based on the principle of generation, a distinction when made by the mind, a difference when found in reality. A more sober and secular version of division was developed early in the twentieth century by the linguist Ferdinand de Saussure, who took the idea of difference to be necessary and sufficient for the structure of language. The fundamental device that provides for the transition from structure to matter is the transistor and the favored material to materialize the structures is silicon. The sense of wholeness and intimacy that early computer users felt was that the technological information seemed to recapitulate ancestral information.

Keywords: basic structure; division; Ferdinand de Saussure; language; computer users

Chapter.  5912 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy of Science

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