Ways of Worldmaking

By Nelson Goodman

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Texture, colour, weave, thickness, fiber content.. . . ; the total aspect of this pattern, we're tempted to claim, is that it used to be reduce from a bolt and has all of the related homes because the remainder of the cloth. yet that might be too hasty. permit me inform you stories-or one tale with elements. Mrs. Mary Tricias studied this type of pattern publication, made her selec· tion, and ordered from her favourite fabric store sufficient fabric for her overstuffed chair and sofa-insisting that or not it's precisely just like the pattern. whilst the package deal got here she opened it eagerly and was once dismayed whilst a number of hundred 2" x three" items with zigzag edges precisely just like the pattern fluttered to the ground. whilst she referred to as the store, protesting loudly, the owner spoke back, injured and weary, "But Mrs. Tricias, you stated the fabric needs to be precisely just like the pattern. while it arrived from the manufacturing facility the previous day, I saved my assistants the following part the evening slicing it as much as fit the pattern. " This incident was once approximately forgotten a few months later, whilst Mrs. Tricias, having sewed the items jointly and coated her furnishings, determined to have a celebration. She went to the neighborhood bakery, chosen a chocolate cupcake from these on exhibit and ordered adequate for 50 visitors, to be added weeks later. simply as WHEN IS paintings? sixty four [1V,3j the site visitors have been starting to arrive, a truck drove up with a unmarried large cake. the girl working the bake-shop was once totally discouraged by way of the criticism. "But Mrs. Tricias, you don't have any concept how a lot difficulty we went to. My husband runs the tex­ tile store and he warned me that your order must be in a single piece. " the ethical of this tale isn't easily that you just cannot win, yet pattern is a pattern of a few of its houses yet now not others. The swatch is a pattern of texture, colour, and so forth. yet no longer of measurement or form. The cupcake is a pattern of colour, texture, measurement, and form, yet nonetheless no longer of all its homes. Mrs. Tricias could have complained much more louclly if what was once dropped at her was once just like the pattern in having been baked on that very same day weeks previous. Now generally which of its homes is a pattern a pattern of? now not all its homes; for then the pattern will be a pattern of not anything yet itself. and never its 'formal' or 'internal' or, certainly, anyone specifiable set of homes. the type of estate sam· pled differs from case to case: the cupcake yet now not the swatch is a pattern of dimension and form; a specimen of ore could be a pattern of what used to be mined at a given time and position. in addition, the sampled homes fluctuate broadly with context and situation. even if the swatch is generally a pattern of its texture, and so forth. yet now not of its form or dimension, if I exhibit it to you in resolution to the query 'What is an upholsterer's pattern? " it then capabilities now not as a pattern of the fabric yet as a pattern of an upholsterer's pattern, in order that its dimension and form at the moment are one of the houses it's a pattern of. In sum, the purpose is pattern is a pattern of-or exemplifies -only a few of its homes, and that the houses to which it bears this dating of exemplification' fluctuate with circum• For additional dialogue of exemplification, see l. a..

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