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Pure structural sciences

General description

An inherent characteristic of the structural sciences is that all physical, material factors are eliminated from explanatory models and that reality is described purely in terms of mathematical concepts, symbols and their transformations.

The laws of the structural sciences are derived from concrete laws by eliminating all descriptive and empirical constants, or replacing them with general constants and then adhering only to the logical and mathematical ones. The structural laws obtained in this way possess the same structures and logical forms as the material laws from which they were derived, but they have a more general applicability. In this respect, the structural sciences represent the “logical empty shell” of the empirical sciences.

Similarly, the basic concepts of the structural sciences are all embracing abstractions of reality, with the help of which the characteristics of complex phenomena in Nature and society can equally be described. They span areas from self-organisation and self-regulation through functionality, plan-like behaviour and cooperativity to historicity and the semantics of complex systems.

Researching universal structures

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