chapter  2
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Making sense of self-completing wholes: epistemological travels of Hans Driesch

ByJAAN VALSINER

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