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Differentiality : from Saussure to morphodynamic

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Merleau-Ponty wrote that "differentiality", as a regime for generating identities from their differences, is a "difficult idea", even paradoxical (cf. below). We owe it to J. Petitot to have clarified this idea, formally, epistemologically and phenomenologically, thus establishing it as a genuine scientific concept. Upstream of Petitot's contribution, and as if to illustrate the profound difficulties posed by the notion of "negative identity", I would like to briefly recount Saussure's laborious attempts to ground his intuition of "differential identities" in law and in reason, and to show how he approaches morphodynamic perspectives by his own means.
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halshs-04313869 , version 1 (29-11-2023)

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David Piotrowski. Differentiality : from Saussure to morphodynamic. Morphology, Neurogeometry, Semiotics: A Festschrift in honor of Jean Petitot., Springer, In press. ⟨halshs-04313869⟩
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