active family resemblance

it's ongoing

Family-resemblance is a term invented by Wittgenstein to indicate the relationship between the many uses of a word, like "game" or "number." In these cases, and by extension many abstract words, there is no simple essence that applies to all instances of a word, but an overlapping set of similarities.

The metaphor is based in the resemblances of various members of a family. Some may have a characteristic nose, hair, or walk, or laugh. It is not necessary all members share one family trait in order for us to recognize them as family members.

The phrase "family resemblance" come from Ludwig Wittgenstein:

"consider for example the proceedings that we call "games"...[to] look and see whether there is anything common to all... we can go through the many, many other groups of games in the same way; we can see how similarities crop up and disappear.

And the result of this examination is: we see a complicated network of similarities overlapping and criss-crossing: sometimes overall similarities.

I can think of no better expression to characterize these similarities than "family resemblances"; for the various resemblances between members of a family: build, features, colour of eyes, gait, temperament, etc. etc. overlap and criss-cross in the same way. — And I shall say: "games" form a family. "

His concept was aimed at combating the unexamined belief that all words have an essential meaning. and that the lack of essentialism is a common and useful feature of our words.

I want to highlight two additional features of family-resemblance:

The metaphor of "family resemblance" makes us think of a somewhat static activity; it fails to analogize the ongoing activity of family resemblance as used in thinking, talking and understandings.

AFR is a feature in all philosophical words. I am using philosophy in its most general sense of talking | thinking | understanding about the most general aspects of our world. (It is also a feature of nearly every word in human language use.) we make the word fit the situations or contexts in which it is used.

Since AFR is a constant feature and possibility, it is or are the activities which underlie our fuzzy (multi-criterial or extensible words),

There are a number of important points about this extensibility