By Henry David Thoreau
Henry David Thoreau ne s’est jamais contenté d’admirer l. a. Nature. Depuis sa retraite au milieu des bois, à Walden en 1845, jusqu’à ses longues promenades dans les forêts de l. a. Nouvelle-Angleterre, il n’a ecu de cesse de l. a. parcourir. Jour après jour, il a scrupuleusement consigné dans son Journal, dont « Balade d’hiver » (1846) et « Couleurs d’automne » (1862) sont tirés, chaque détail observé au cours de ses tours et l. a. moindre version du paysage.
Sensible aux saisons du déclin, périodes propres à los angeles méditation, ce philosophe de los angeles nature s’emploie à décrypter les signes d’une harmonie universelle au sein de laquelle l’homme doit trouver sa position.
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Darwin 1859, 413. 28. Wittgenstein 1968, 223. If we share a form of life, as we clearly do, both being social and sexual mammals in an ecology, then we should be able to understand quite a lot of a lion’s discourse. Likewise, we understand the motivations of dogs, primates and to a lesser extent cats, either because our form of life is closely evolutionarily related to them (primates) or because we have evolved in parallel fashion (dogs). Lebensformen are not hermeneutically The Nature of Science 27 sealed from each other, contra Kuhn and Wittgenstein and many other German-Romantic-inspired thinkers.
A classifier is a system, which might reside between the ears of a trained taxonomist, or might be instantiated as a computer algorithm, or even as a social practice of which nobody is entirely conscious of. The speciality of, say, bryophytology, or the biological discipline that studies mosses, is as much a classifier, as a bryophytologist is, like Brent Mishler. Likewise, an observer system is a system that stands in a particular relation to the empirically accessible world for a domain. That relation is one of salience: an observer is disposed to see some data as relevant and significant, and to ignore other data.
He writes, in volume 2 of the Philosophy which deals with the life sciences, opposing the definitional tradition of species in logic: But it may be asked, if we cannot define a word, or a class of things which a word denotes, how can we distinguish what it does mean 46 Relationships and Kinds in the Natural Sciences from what it does not mean? How can we say that it signifies one thing rather than another, except we declare what is its signification? The answer to this question involves the general principle of a natural method of classification which has already been stated and need not here be again dwelt on.