A gloss is a total system of perception and language.
Spencer's god was Evolution, sometimes also called Progress.
The part an actor played on stage was once written on a separate roll of paper.
Empirical interest will be in the facts so far as they are relevant to the solution of these problems.
The importance of certain problems concerning the facts will be inherent in the structure of the system.
Theory not only formulates what we know but also tells us what we want to know, that is, the questions to which an answer is needed.
But the scientific importance of a change in knowledge of fact consists precisely in j its having consequences for a system of theory.
If observed facts of undoubted accuracy will not fit any of the alternatives it leaves open, the system itself is in need of reconstruction.
Thus, in general, in the first instance, the direction of interest in empirical fact will be canalised by the logical structure of the theoretical system.
Now obviously the propositions of the system have reference to matters of empirical fact; if they did not, they could have no claim to be called scientific.