‘Form’ and ‘Sign’

 

Logic begins in the identification of something called ‘Form’, the beginning act of abstraction. What is Form?

‘Form’, from the Latin Forma, in Classical Logic is: ‘Something that is marked, has taken shape’. A line, a curve, a color, a smell, a melody, a scratch. Logic comes alive, is operative, only in the abstract, only in the world of Form.

It first appears in Plato’s ‘Theory of Forms’. An ideal archetype, which was once held synonymous with the word: ‘Idea’ [See: ‘The Concept of Concept’]

Language begins in the identification of something called ‘Sign’, the beginning act of abstraction. What is Sign?

‘Sign’, from the Latin Signum, is a mark, an indication, a point, a reference.

Both words are the first steps in the ladder that allow abstraction. The only Ecosystem in which there is enough oxygen for Logic and Language to thrive and fruitfully multiply.

 


Also see: ‘Namarupa and Logic’s: ‘Form

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