February 08, 2005

Figural empty concepts

Follow-up to Methodology – what is a concept? what is philosophy? from Transversality - Robert O'Toole

And what happens when the extent of a concept is passed but something attempts to extend it, even when it no longer engages, no longer has intension? It becomes figural, an empty concept valued only for its anamnesis, its capability to invoke the ghost like presence of a context long gone.

Is the concept of creativity figural? What is its extent? In discussions of artificial intelligence for example, does its use have any intension, or is it merely their to re-invoke a ghostly apparition of some entirely human characteristic posited within machines, so as to hype their significance?

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