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Inferring underlying codes from surface manifestations - who said it?

In Anthony Giddens' The Constitution of Society, page 16, he writes: As conceptualized in structuralist and post-structuralist thought, on the other hand, the notion of structure is more interesting. ...
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Is it essential to read Saussure's Course in General Linguistics to fully engage with Lévi-Strauss?

I'm already familiar with the general idea presented in the book, but I really want to read Lévi-Strauss' Structural Anthropology right now. If I not read Saussure, will i miss something in Lévi-...
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According to the theory of structural functionalism, what causes social disequilibrium?

I understand that the basic premise of structural functionalism is that social institutions serve the function of maintaining social stability and promoting social solidarity, but I don't understand ...
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What is the difference between operatic, operative, and operational from Baudrillard's Simulacra and Simulation?

The following is the conclusion from the chapter Simulacra and Science Fiction. I did not understand it, and such a specific categorization seemed unusual to me. I was hoping someone might be able to ...
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How does post modernism relate to post structuralism?

Going through the wikis of both, I get a similar feeling from both of them, but I can't put in words exactly how they are related. Here are simple introductions from wiki: Postmodernism is an ...
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Is this a legitimate way to reframe structuralism in the philosophy of mathematics?

As an umbrella term, "structuralism" has to cover realist and nonrealist versions, while also carrying through the theme of its name nontrivially (for there is a trivial way to make ...
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Can you think of the bible as organising logos?

Can you think of the bible as organising logos? I know there are different readings of the bible, as myth, as parable, as event, etc.. What sort of reading is that claim, that the Christian bible ...
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What is the relationship between categorization and structuralism? [closed]

I have a couple questions: Does the act of categorization or classification always reflect a structuralist mind? Like wise, does the act of de-categorization (or re-categorization) reflect a post-...
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Structural Realism vs. Scientific Formalism?

How exactly do structural realism and scientific formalism differ? Are they compatible, or is this another rehashing of, say, the rationalism vs. idealism debate? I know Galileo, Kepler, et al. were ...
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Per Mathematical Structuralism, can a pure mathematical theory have semantics that is not closed on isomorphism?

This question is the philosophical side of a question that I've recently posted to MathOverflow. Here, I'm specifically asking about the output of Mathematical Structuralism on that question that I'll ...
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Are all pancomputationalist models for the universe compatible with informational realism?

Pancomputationalist theories are a group of physical theories that try to describe the universe itself as a computer or an informational (processing) structure. Informational (structural) realism is ...
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Is it possible to reconcile the Enlightenment with post-modernism especially the work of Derrida?

I am referring to Derrida's response to Sokal where he claims his work does not criticize the Enlightenment. However, given the enlightenment promoted the attitude that there existed truths, which ...
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What does "causally independent structures" mean?

I'm reading a book (Cummins, R. (1983), "The Nature of Psychological Explanation") where he says "...dispositions that cannot be instantiated in causally independent structures". ...
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criticisms of mathematical structuralism

A popular, pretty modern trend in the philosophy of mathematics has been to treat mathematical objects as only possessing properties within the context of a mathematical structure. Does anyone know of ...
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Is this a type of nominalism?

Abstract entities do not exist, but their absences from each other, do, concretely. Is that a type of nominalism? So the numbers five and four do not exist, but four not being five, is a concrete (I ...
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Does structuralism have preference for thinking through structures?

Structuralism states we are governed by narrow cultural structures. I believe post-modernism and post-structuralism acknowledge the existence of this structures as well. Is the difference in the ...
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Negative meaning in Structuralism

I have a hard time understanding the concept of "negative meaning" in linguistic Structuralism (Saussure). Their proposition is that signs don't have meaning by themselfes but only within ...
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Is 'in re' structuralism a non-eliminative theory in mathematical structuralism?

As far as I understand it the definitions are: Non-eliminative structuralists believe that talk of structures is ontologically committed to the existence of abstract structures. In re structuralism ...
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Meaning of a diagram by Althusser

A diagram by Althusser captioned “The future lasts a long time” (the title of his memoirs) appears on several of his book covers. Below is my own reproduction, based on a sketched version found here. ...
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Would Carl Jung be considered a postmodernist?

All of Jung's colleagues were modernists, primarily because postmodernism wasn't around yet; they were all Freudian, and, as such, followed the Oedipal grand narrative. Jung, however, had a completely ...
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Is there anything on early to mid Foucault and structuralism?

Is there anything on early to mid Foucault and structuralism? I've just started The Archeology of Knowledge, meant to be I think the bookend of his early writings, and he is going to some lengths to ...
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Mathematical structuralism and Saussure

Is mathematical structuralism related with structuralism that arose from Saussurean linguistics?
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Are these two statements about Ramseyfication true? [closed]

They just seem intuitively likely, though I'm not feeling very au fait with what exactly Ramsey sentences are. The Ramseyfication of everything that is necessarily true in a linguistic system leaves ...
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Is 't Hooft cellular automaton compatible with Floridi's Informational (Structural) Realism?

Informational (Structural) Realism (by Luciano Floridi) relates to digital physics ideas (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_physics) As Floridi himself says in one of his articles (http://philsci-...
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Is Ludwig Wittgenstein connected to post-structuralism?

Wittgenstein said that "If a lion could speak, we cannot understand it". He also said that a private language is not possible. In my view, structuralism and post-structuralism also talk about these ...
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How do I differentiate between synchronic and dialectic approaches?

Marx has often been said to be using dialectic method and structuralism synchronic. Can someone, with examples, explain the two terms/approaches to me?
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How popular are anti-mimetic theories of literature, and with whom?

How popular are anti-mimetic theories of literature, and with whom? A bad but clear example of supposed mimesis, in writing, is the idea that 'cow' is a slow and irritating word, because of its ...
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What is Hegelian dialectic of good and evil and how does it relate to binary opposition in structuralism?

What relation does the Hegelian dialectic have to the structuralist notion of binary opposition? If it has any, where does the synthesis fit in to the dualistic nature of the structuralist system? ...
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Jacques Lacan's Structuralism - Terminology

I'm doing a research on Jacques Lacan's Structuralism. I've been told that he had some believes, or ideas about subject. So, I'm looking for the terminology of Lacan's Structuralism, as the first step ...
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Have I got Saussure's distinction between the form and substance right?

I've read several texts on the topic but I'm still not sure whether I got the concept right. Saussure says that language is a form, not substance. I understand that as saying that language is closer ...
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Do signifiers in a "system of signs" refer to each other, as well as the signified?

Saussure claimed that language is "a system of signs that express ideas." Handbook of Semiotics, By Winfried Nöth, p57. Do these signs, in language or any of the sign systems just mentioned, refer ...
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How to delve into Structuralism?

Any recommendations for someone who is interested in reading Structuralist writings and perhaps where to begin?
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Structure diagram

I'm trying to create a structure diagram for the following argument, however it is quite long and I am having difficulties. What would the structure diagram be for the following argument: It has been ...
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What is ontic structural realism about?

Ontic SR claims that unobservable entities do not exist, but we can still know the structure of the universe. So what are the corresponding structural (scientific) theories actually about? Can we ...
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What does Barthes mean when he calls boxing a "Jansenist sport"?

In the essay The World of Wrestling, Roland Barthes has this to say about the distinction between boxing and wrestling. This public knows very well the distinction between wrestling and boxing; it ...
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Facts and Patterns

I was sympathetic about an ontology of patterns, but it seem it is lacking. How can a monistic theory of patterns ( math, physical things, mental states can all be seen as patterns ) genuine deal ...
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Saussure and idealism

If terms are arbitrary designations like Saussure says then does semantic idealism [language does not refer beyond itself] not collapse into scepticism?
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What do the opening lines of Barthes' "A Lover's Discourse" mean?

Everything follows from this principle: that the lover is not to be reduced to a simple symptomal subject, but rather that we hear in his voice what is “unreal,” i.e., intractable. Whence the choice ...
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Saussure and structuralism

I'm talking about structuralism in an anthropological and philosophical context, that is, the notion that human behaviour and perception are determined by structures (linguistic, cultural...) that are ...
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Why does Foucault's *Madness and Civilisation* represent his turn towards structuralism?

According to the wikipedia entry on his book it represents his turning away from phenomenology to structuralism. What exactly does this mean? How should one understand his book as a demonstration of ...