A suggestion for philosophical/scientific terminology…

The Asifoscope


“The limits of my language mean the limits of my world.” – Ludwig Wittgenstein, Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, 5.6.

There is a gap in our language and I want to try to close it by suggesting a new philosophical term. What I am looking for is a term for an entity that exists but cannot be described completely by any single formal theory (or algorithm), something for which a complete and at the same time exact description is impossible in principle or at least for all practical purposes, e.g. for reasons of complexity.

It seems to me that human beings as well as their societies and cultures are such entities, but I think many physical systems are such entities as well. Actually, the word “system” does not really fit here because it has a connotation of something systematic, i.e. something that can be captured completely and exactly by some theory. Scientists use…

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