chapter  2
21 Pages

Making sense of self-completing wholes: epistemological travels of Hans Driesch


Biological order is developmental order. As such it is different from the order implied by the static assumptions of classical logic. To claim that “if A then not non-A” would not fit developmental phenomena, where in every state A the potential for the next qualitative transformation (non-A) is open for emergence. While classical logic enforces a binary distinction by the “law of excluded middle”—A or non-A, nothing “in between”—, development happens always “in-between” of A (as already emerged) and some not yet emerged (non-A). Development entails movement towards horizons-creating novelty during that movement.1