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Have I got Saussure's distinction between the form and substance right?

Saussure is playing with two traditional dicotomies : the aristotelian : form/matter (their union is the substance) and the "(traditional) linguistic : form/content. See CLG, Ch.4: [ page 156 ] La ...
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What is Hegelian dialectic of good and evil and how does it relate to binary opposition in structuralism?

There is no "synthesis" in Hegel, it is Fichte's term later adopted by Marx and Engels. Hegel specifically discards Fichte's thesis-antithesis-synthesis triad and replaces it with his own: ...
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Is Ludwig Wittgenstein connected to post-structuralism?

In a very broad sense both Wittgenstein and post-structuralists might agree that 'the meaning of the language is determined by the cultural context'. But Wittgenstein's point (which I am not sure I ...
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Saussure and structuralism

To say that human agency itself is an illusion is a vey strong statement, Bretanos notion of intentionality and Husserls phenomenology take a point of view that opposes this by looking at the world ...
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How to delve into Structuralism?

As Mauro points out, you'd want to find the central works of thinkers like Ferdinand de Saussure, Roman Jakobson, Claude Levi-Strauss, and Roland Barthes. The best text around summarizing what they ...
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What does Barthes mean when he calls boxing a "Jansenist sport"?

I think that Barthes' sentence "boxing is a Jansenist sport" may be more conspicuously rendered like this: the common form of boxing (unlike the common form of wrestling) is a genuine sport. First, ...
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Are all pancomputationalist models for the universe compatible with informational realism?

Pancomputationalism is a term encompassing all paradigms of a computational world, which proceed from the realization that nature can successfully be explained by computable scientific models. It ...
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How do I differentiate between synchronic and dialectic approaches?

I think that it has more to do with Synchronic vs Diachronic structuralism. Synchronics look at an idea in a specific time interval while Diachronics look at the evolution of an idea. Atleast as Hegel'...
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Jacques Lacan's Structuralism - Terminology

A good place to start would be the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy's article Jacques Lacan as well as the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy's article Jacques Lacan (1901—1981). The SEP article ...
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Is there anything on early to mid Foucault and structuralism?

A good place to start is the two volume Histoire du Structuralisme (1991/2) by F. Dosse: it provides a context and a few chapters on Foucault in both books. In the late 70's quite a few people claimed ...
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Meaning of a diagram by Althusser

A really interesting question that for now does not seem to have a good answer. Basically it's supposed to be picture from 1978 seminar by Althusser. It's in the Imec archive and has been used for ...
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Does structuralism have preference for thinking through structures?

To illustrate the difference using two writers usually held up as examples of the respective categories, Claude Lévi-Strauss (Structuralist) tries to demonstrate that the same universal structures, ...
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Can you think of the bible as organising logos?

In ancient philosophy across much of the eastern Mediterranean and Middle East, 'Logos' is the metaphysical reason behind the universe, the unseen essence that gives the universe order, structure, and ...
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criticisms of mathematical structuralism

The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy article on Mathematical Structuralism, written by Stewart Shapiro, is a brief but nice introduction to the subject. For Shapiro, there is a through line from ...
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What is the relationship between categorization and structuralism?

Structuralism is an ambiguous term. The positive side of it to shift analysis/critique towards looking at how physical and social relations shape ideas and language, rather than assuming they can have ...
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Per Mathematical Structuralism, can a pure mathematical theory have semantics that is not closed on isomorphism?

Short Answer Per Mathematical Structuralism, can a pure mathematical theory have semantics that is not closed on isomorphism? No. Structuralism is defined in terms of isomorphisms, and there are not ...
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Per Mathematical Structuralism, can a pure mathematical theory have semantics that is not closed on isomorphism?

I really don't understand where this question is driving at. It's a very peculiar mix of various terms from set/model theory - like categoricity which has no place in what is understood as ...
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What does "causally independent structures" mean?

Short Answer "...dispositions that cannot be instantiated in casually independent structures" I'd translate this as "likelihood of events happening that can't be explained by ...
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Can you think of the bible as organising logos?

Can you think of the bible as organising logos? In Saint John's Gospel, the logos is the creative word of God. Presumably, Christians think of the Bible as the word of God and so as the logos. I ...
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criticisms of mathematical structuralism

I haven't found a broad set(!) of answers to your question, but I did find this: In contrast, category theory represents a branch of abstract algebra, as its origin reveals. Thus it is, by its very ...
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Is this a type of nominalism?

Surely, it's nominalism as you're certainly playing a kind of word game here, that's all you can get from debating the difference between nominalism and realism. Their only difference is how they ...
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Is this a type of nominalism?

Yes, it is a type of nominalism. Realism with respect to some noun "X" asserts that "X exists" or "X is real". Nominalism asserts that " 'X' is just a name, but does ...
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Negative meaning in Structuralism

Assume, you first have the following colors and names available: Whatever patch of color in the world, you will have to describe it with these. Than, you change to the following scheme: Subsequently,...
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Negative meaning in Structuralism

The cornerstone of Saussure's view is the arbitrariness of the linguistic sign, not only on the "obvious" side of the signifiant (different sounds used for the same "concept"), but ...
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Structure diagram

The structure appears to be something like this: everybody quitting smoking => fewer deaths from cardiovascular disease => money saved in health care. Also, everybody quitting smoking => increased ...
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What do the opening lines of Barthes' "A Lover's Discourse" mean?

In this opening paragraph Barthes is accounting for the method of this strange book. He is not going to produce a theoretical discourse which analyzes other discourses of the type “lover’s discourses.”...
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Facts and Patterns

A monistic theory of patterns can deal with facts by being many-sorted. This means that the theory has to have a proper definition of different sorts of things (i.e. types of things), but still uses ...
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Saussure and idealism

It seems to me that the epistemological "categories" of idealism and scepticism are not well apt to describe the theories of Ferdinand de Saussure : Saussure posited that linguistic form is ...
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Saussure and idealism

Idealism is certainly sceptic about the existence of an external world, but not about truth generally: idealists will construe truth as a matter of coherence of one's representations rather than ...
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