By Hilary Lawson

Lawson presents a complete examine the historical past of western inspiration, the evolution of technology and its makes an attempt to supply us with a ''theory of everything'' and an overview of the relativist a number of truths.

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Now it might be supposed that this face, this closure, was always there lost in the random pattern of dots waiting to be discovered. But what else could be found in the dots, in this imaginary version of drawing by numbers?

Having now provided the grounds for a starting point, the remainder of this book sets out to offer an account of how from this unlikely beginning we are able to construct a world which appears to consist of things, and which enables us to understand and intervene effectively in what we take to be the world. Part I outlines the basic framework of such an account. Part II applies this framework to language, while Parts III, IV and V, apply the framework of closure to science and mathematics; art and religion; and to society.

It remains unclear therefore how the notion of a thing, as that which is one and the same, can be consistently applied. The argument provided here does not seek to claim originality in drawing attention to the incoherence of the notion of a thing (although in xliv P RO L O G U E the wake of the development of modern logic many have believed that the traditional problems of the existence of particulars, or things, has been solved)39. 40 However the inconsistency in the notion of a thing has largely either been ignored or thought to have merely mystical consequences.

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