Logic: Or, the Morphology of Knowledge - Vol. 1

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CHAPTER IV.
MEASUREMENT (continued)--ABSTRACT QUANTITY.

2. INDIVIDUALITY as revealed in measurement may be simple or complex, and, if complex, it must involve a variety of simple factors. In a simple individuality, or the simple factor of a complex individuality, the qualitative distinctness of the parts is at a minimum; for any exceptional qualitative difference in any part would challenge measurement and constitute a complication within the unity. When an individual is thus taken in its simplicity, in a single aspect, and yet considered as being a whole complete in itself, it is treated as a whole of quantity; that is to say, such a content as is exhibited in the predication of the comparative judgment, but taken as standing in the place of the individual Subject, now that the conception of individuality is attained.

One-sided forms of Measurement.

i. In such instances we find the simple quantitative whole which is thought of as constituted by absolutely homogeneous parts--an idea which we have seen to be never strictly true, for without some distinctness of quality the parts would cease to be. Such a whole differs from the normal individual by the lack of anything that can be called dominant, essential, or characteristic within the content itself. There is, for instance, no need to consider its unity in the light of a secondary or aesthetic quality. The unity is already that of a continuous quality, and in the attempt to define it, it lapses almost wholly into relativity, for the determination of the whole depends on the equation of the parts, in an unending series, with other and independent standards. Thus the purely quantitative whole is characterised by being capable of construction by ideal repetition of a unit or fixed part; and such ideal repetition is enumeration. Enumeration may seem prior

Enumeration.

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