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used in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

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a person, organization, lifeform, or anything with a separate existence
  • A thousand memories of Chris will always be at hand, of course, but not a destructive clinging to some material entity that can never be here again.
    Afterward (92% in)
  • If Phaedrus had entered science for ambitious or utilitarian purposes it might never have occurred to him to ask questions about the nature of a scientific hypothesis as an entity in itself.
    Part 2 (19% in)
  • Phaedrus' break occurred when, as a result of laboratory experience, he became interested in hypotheses as entities in themselves.
    Part 2 (20% in)
  • Scientific truth was not dogma, good for eternity, but a temporal quantitative entity that could be studied like anything else.
    Part 2 (21% in)
  • In addition to this state of mind, "reason," there's a legal entity which is unfortunately called by the same name but which is quite another thing.
    Part 2 (61% in)
  • He had erected an imaginary entity, defined it as incapable of definition, told the students over their own protests that they knew what it was, and demonstrated this by a technique that was as confusing logically as the term itself.
    Part 3 (15% in)
  • He regarded himself as the fixed entity, not the pilgrimage or the mountain, and thus wasn't ready for it.
    Part 3 (18% in)
  • He was turning the method of rationality against itself, turning it against his own kind, in defense of an irrational concept, an undefined entity called Quality.
    Part 3 (19% in)
  • Now with this Quality he seemed to say the same thing and talk as vaguely as they did, even though what he talked about was as hard and clear and solid as any rationally defined entity he'd ever dealt with.
    Part 3 (23% in)
  • I think that the referent of a term that can split a world into hip and square, classic and romantic, technological and humanistic, is an entity that can unite a world already split along these lines into one.
    Part 3 (26% in)
  • It is a third entity which is independent of the two.
    Part 3 (36% in)
  • If he's up there, some psychic entity, some ghost, some Doppelgänger waiting up there for us in God knows what fashion — well, he's going to have to wait a long time.
    Part 3 (41% in)
  • His Quality was a metaphysical entity, not a mystic one.
    Part 3 (46% in)
  • Metaphysical entities are defined.
    Part 3 (46% in)
  • I don't know of any way of testing it for truth, since all he did was simply compare his understanding of one mystic entity with another.
    Part 3 (49% in)
  • Poincaré then went on to demonstrate the conventional nature of other concepts of science, such as space and time, showing that there isn't one way of measuring these entities that is more true than another; that which is generally adopted is only more convenient.
    Part 3 (54% in)
  • Poincaré then hypothesized that this selection is made by what he called the "subliminal self," an entity that corresponds exactly with what Phaedrus called preintellectual awareness.
    Part 3 (57% in)
  • When Quality enters the picture as a third metaphysical entity, the preselection of facts is no longer arbitrary.
    Part 3 (58% in)
  • It's the leading edge of the engine, a two-dimensional surface of no real significance unless you understand that the train isn't a static entity at all.
    Part 3 (68% in)
  • The real train of knowledge isn't a static entity that can be stopped and subdivided.
    Part 3 (68% in)
  • Once it's stated that "the dialectic comes before anything else," this statement itself becomes a dialectical entity, subject to dialectical question.
    Part 4 (76% in)

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