Acta Biotheoretica

, Volume 41, Issue 4, pp 481–494 | Cite as

General generative principles

A phenomenological study
  • Th. E. Sprey


In search of general generative principles I start from the postulate of a reality which comprises both materialistic and psychic aspects. This overall reality, described by others as the world of archetypes, is not directly accessible to sensory perception. Yet, by studying archetypical manifestations, it is possible to distinguish different structures or generative principles in it. Comparison of three models, which depict developmental processes in different disciplines, shows that they have the same basic structure. The effects of the archetypes involved can be described as four general generative principles: 1st the principle of wholeness (connection and integration of conflicting opposites), 2nd the principle of complementation and compensation (periodic change of opposite influences); 3rd the enstructuring principle (relative stability or spatial aspect of a manifest structure), and 4th the principle of gesture (change or temporal aspect of that structure).


Basic Structure Developmental Process Generative Principle Relative Stability Periodic Change 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Th. E. Sprey
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  1. 1.Institute of Theoretical BiologyLeiden UniversityLeidenThe Netherlands

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