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In biological systems computational irreducibility may be even more widespread: It may turn out that the form of a biological organism can be determined from its genetic code essentially only by following each step in its development .
Toews, "Intellectual History after the Linguistic Turn: The Autonomy of Meaning and the Irreducibility of Experience," The American Historical Review, 92.
Withholding gruesome and sensationalist details from the reader while exposing different facers of the conflict within the same text thwarts the reader's reflex to search for an easy resolution and thus indicate the irreducibility of violence and war to simple dualistic schemas.
This basis, I would argue, is not the speaker's collapse of faith in the possibility of an alternative to Mother Ireland; neither is it her subversive mimesis of that faith directed towards making visible the void (as Wills would argue) or the irreducibility (as Meaney would hold) of subjectivity at its core.
At points in his argument Jarvis therefore stresses the apparent irreducibility of notions of ideology, idolatry, or fetishism.
For Leibniz arithmetic was a purely rational activity involving proofs but his logicist program failed because of the irreducibility of asymmetrical relational propositions to monadic ones.
In the correspondences the consciousness encounters the irreducibility of the unconscious.
The contributors include proponents of the irreducibility of the social fundament of personal life, and others who defend the received individualist or reductionist view.
He explains Galois theory, including such topics as splitting fields and their automorphisms, the characteristics of a field, derivation of a polynomial (multiple roots), the degree of an extension field, group characters, fundamental theorems and finite fields, then moves to polynomials with integral coefficients, including irreducibility and primitive roots of unity, and the theory of equations, including ruler and compass constructions, and the theorems of Steinitz and Abel.
It is a kind of claim to omniscience, grounded in the amassing of evidence from primary sources and the sheer labour that it involves; and it is a claim to truth insofar as these details, like the realist novel's petit fait vrai (the small, convincing detail), stand for something like the irreducibility of the real.
Slotting Woolf, Mann, and Beckett into a teleological history risks overlooking the ways in which all these writers evince an irreducibility to prefab developmental narratives, that might unsettle the happy trajectory that forms the thread of this account.
For while Fisher is interested in these specific appetites because of the objectless desire they convey, in the end, it comes down to the question of the irreducibility of every being: longing is inseparable from life itself, and the forms longing assumes--such as Fisher's experience of missing--are unique to each individual.