Undergraduate Honors Thesis

 

Kant, Heraclitus, and General Systems Theory: Philosophy, Mathematics, and the Unity of Science Public Deposited

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  • We derive the concept of a system from fundamental features of both the mind and the world. In particular, we derive the concept of structure along Kantian lines from a priori features of the mind's understanding, and then we combine this concept with the concepts of change and continuity---which we hold, as with Heraclitus, to be fundamental features of nature---to arrive at a definition of a system. Then we review the role of structures and systems within mathematics and science. And finally we establish that the character of a system is an intermediate between the characters of the mind and the world and that the structure of a system is necessarily a root metaphor for all of our knowledge about the natural world.

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  • 2022-03-29
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