Digitalization & reification
Reality is “wave-like, continuous, contextual etc” [Kevin Simler]. And yet we turn the world into a set of nouns which imply global, eternal qualities. What’s going on here?
The post-cybernetic tradition (Bateson, Wilden, some of the Frenchies) would say: reality is analogue, and langauge is digital. “Social magic,” Bourdieu writes, “always manages to produce discontinuity out of continuity.” So we might think of the conversion of a continuous and fluid reality into discrete noun-identities as “digitalization.” Similar camps would refer to the de-indexicalization of local solutions—either by porting them to a new domain, or generalizing them outside their original domain—as “reification.”
Hopefully, these terms can serve as useful tools in beginning to theorize functional pragmatism.