Galen Strawson: "Structure and Quality"

Galen Strawson (Reading): "Structure and Quality". Listen to the talk here.


Structure considered just as such is an abstract, purely logico-mathematically characterizable phenomenon. It appears to follow that if a structure is concretely realized then it must be concretely realized by something that isn’t itself just a matter of structure. So there must be more to concrete reality than structure. It’s arguable, however, that a thing’s structural nature must completely fix its non-structural nature in any world to which the notion of structure is generally applicable. Is this correct? If it is, what follows? Is Max Newman right when he says that ‘it seems necessary to give up the ‘structure–quality’ division of knowledge in its strict form’ (Newman 1928)?