This article defines a word and clarifies its application and usefulness in scale studies.


The word context is problematic, as it is "con-", or that which accompanies, "text." The qualities that allow us to sequence a set of scales and consider the behavior at each scale are not "texts."

Deprecating this Term

Context is the setting of a text.

The term is often used to orient a given scale in relationship with another superscale or subscale. Also, it may refer to the orientation of our perceptions, eg. "a perception functions in the context of apperception".

We advocate deprecating such usage. Guidelines:
  • Use: Use when dealing with a text
  • Avoid: Do not use to refer to the setting of a non-text. For example, the human body is not the context of the kidney.

See mereology.