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Patterns of N-foldness

Comparison of integrated multi-set concept schemes as forms of presentation (Part #1)

Paper prepared for a sub-project meeting (Geneva, June 1980) of the Forms of Presentation group of the Goals, Processes and Indicators of Development (GPID) of the United Nations University (UNU). Published in Patterns of Conceptual Integration. Brussels, UIA, 1984, pp. 41-52. The examples to which this paper refers appear in Annexes 0-20 (Examples of Integrated, Multi-set Concept Schemes) at the end of that volume. [searchable PDF version]

In order to provide information to facilitate investigations suggested by the previous paper, examples of integrated multi-set concept schemes of the most diverse nature are reviewed. As a cross-cultural, cross-ideological, interdisciplinary experiment, the conceptual organization of the UNU/GPID project suggested comparison with such examples. A method of comparison is tentatively suggested.


There are many forms through which new concepts and attitudes can be presented. These are examined in a separate paper (1). In this paper the focus is on how the pattern of concepts to be conveyed tends to be reflected in the organization of the form - and how It may well be constrained in consequence. To what extent is the "conceptual artist" constrained by the "medium of expression"?

t is the "conceptual artist" constrained by the "medium of expression"?