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vkhu
Posted: Friday, February 2, 2018 5:17:13 AM
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The present type of order in the world has risen from an unimaginable part, and will find its grave in an unimaginable future. There remains the inexhaustive realm of abstract forms, and creativity with its shifting character ever determined afresh by its own creatures, and God, upon whose wisdom all forms of order depend.

The excerpt comes from here: https://ebooks.adelaide.edu.au/l/lawrence/dh/l41l/chapter16.html

Context: just some philosophical nonsense about the entropy of the universe or something.

I'm having a hard time interpreting the "There remains..." part. Does it mean "However, aside from the universe, there is still another part that...," or "But within this very universe, there's a part that..."?
Romany
Posted: Friday, February 2, 2018 5:37:57 AM
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"There remains" = "there is still".

So: even if the present order dies out, there is still '...an inexhaustive realm of abstract forms...'

(Was the extract written by a native speaker? It's pretty badly presented and certain usages are just a bit strange.)
thar
Posted: Friday, February 2, 2018 5:43:38 AM

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This is still DH Lawrence.


I agree, this is about now and future possibilities.


The present type of order in the world has risen from an unimaginable part, and will find its grave in an unimaginable future.

There remains the inexhaustive realm of abstract forms, and creativity with its shifting character ever determined afresh by its own creatures, and God, upon whose wisdom all forms of order depend.

We haven't exhausted the supply of creativity yet. There is still more to come.
vkhu
Posted: Friday, February 2, 2018 8:03:42 AM
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Romany wrote:

(Was the extract written by a native speaker? It's pretty badly presented and certain usages are just a bit strange.)

From what I can gather, this is a quote from Religion in the Making (1926) by Alfred Whitehead, a British philosopher.
thar
Posted: Friday, February 2, 2018 9:22:44 AM

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Ah, he's philosophising (always a dangerous thing for mathematicians to do). Whistle


His son had died in WW1.
It overshadows everything.

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