What is literature? A systems definition.

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Sadowski, Piotr
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De Gruyter
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One of the main methodological problems in any academic inquiry is that of definition. Defining things, processes, and phenomena is unavoidable because one has to identify and describe, however generally, the object of inquiry .in order for this inquiry to take place at all. But in doing so, we immediately run 1I1to a paradox: we want to study a selected system of empirical reality because we know nothing or little about it, but in order to investigate this system, we must first define it by identifying both the elements involved and their mutual relations, as distinct from those of other systems of reality.