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Дисциплинирование дисциплин: академии и единство знания

С. 105-123.
Дастон Л.

French mathematician and philosopher Jean d’Alembert argued that all classifications of knowledge were arbitrary and ultimately futile as they could never approach the true order of the universe. It will be argued that there is an apparent paradox already prefigured in the tension between d’Alembert’s alphabetical practice and his systemic icons. This paradox is the method by which the fragmentation of knowledge so characteristic of modern scientific specialization can be reconciled with the yearning for an order which unites all the fragments into a coherent whole.

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Дисциплинирование дисциплин: академии и единство знания
Edited by: И. М. Савельева, А. Н. Дмитриев М.: Издательский дом НИУ ВШЭ, 2015.