R. GLANVILLE writes (1999): "One aspect of Scholasticism of great significance was the notion of the organization of knowledge.
The scholastic philosophers believed that the way pieces of knowledge. fitted together was itself a sort of knowledge. They organized knowledge so that knowing the place of any piece of knowledge in the grand scheme of knowledge (the totality), its connections to the whole, and, in principle all knowledge- the totality-could be deduced. Every part implied (was in concordance with) every other part (each was manifest in the others)"
Glanville quotes PANOFSKY's work on "Gothic architecture and scholasticism "(1957),"arrangement according to a system of homologous parts and parts of parts". He adds: "The latin words were summa, concordantia and manifestatio. It is no wonder that the scholastics invented the Encyclopedia in a form in which we know recognize it"(Ibid)
Today there is obviously a need to compensate-not to eliminate- the massive disjunction between so many specialized disciplines. Systemic and cybernetic concepts and models should be considered as semantic and linguistic connectors, that can be used to construct a renovated connected and coherent general language, reconstructed in the spirit of scholasticism.
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