If by 'system' is meant — and this is the minimal sense of the word — a sort of consequence, coherence and insistence — a certain gathering together — there is an injunction to the system that I have never renounced, and never wished to. … 'System ', however, in a philosophical sense that is more rigorous, and perhaps more modern, can also be taken to mean a totalization in the configuration, a continuity of all statements, a form of coherence (not coherence itself), involving syllogicity of logic, a certain syn which is no longer simply that of gathering in general, but rather of the assemblage of ontological propositions.Diagrammatic thinking, at least as I envision it, is also an effort to get away from the "system" as an axiomatic, analytically formal, would-be universal "totalization" and to see it as a particular collection of indices and relationships abstracted from experience on the one side and limited in its applications to that kind of experience on the other.
— Derrida and Ferraris, I Have a Taste for theSecret, (Polity Press, 2001), p. 3
And, such "systems" occur on much simpler levels still. Andrew Whiten's "intervening variable":
|Andrew Whiten, "Triangulation, Intervening Variables, and Experience |
Projection," Behavioral and Brain Sciences 21 (1) (1998):133