Subsidiary Quotes (5 quotes)
Pieces almost always appear 'as parts' in whole processes. ... To sever a 'part from the organized whole in which it occurswhether it itself be a subsidiary whole or an elementis a very real process usually involving alterations in that part. Modifications of a part frequently involve changes elsewhere in the whole itself. Nor is the nature of these alterations arbitrary, for they too are determined by whole-conditions.
A machine is not a genie, it does not work by magic, it does not possess a will, and nothing comes out which has not been put in, barring of course, an infrequent case of malfunctioning. The intentions which the machine seems to manifest are the intentions of the human programmer, as specified in advance, or they are subsidiary intentions derived from these, following rules specified by the programmer. The machine will not and cannot do any of these things until it has been instructed as to how to proceed. ... To believe otherwise is either to believe in magic or to believe that the existence of mans will is an illusion and that mans actions are as mechanical as the machines.
It has been the final aim of Lie from the beginning to make progress in the theory of differential equations; as subsidiary to this may be regarded both his geometrical developments and the theory of continuous groups.
The art of reasoning consists in getting hold of the subject at the right end, of seizing on the few general ideas that illuminate the whole, and of persistently organizing all subsidiary facts round them.
The specific goals we set for ourselves are almost always subsidiary to our long range intentions. A good parent, a good neighbour, a good citizen, is not good because his specific goals are acceptable, but because his successive goals are ordered to a dependable and socially desirable set of values. (1947)