The Emerging Consensus in Social Systems Theory

  • Kenneth C. Bausch

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  2. Introduction

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  3. Background

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  4. Incorporating Human Participation into Systems Theory and Design

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  5. Advances in the Areas of Social, Cognitive, and Evolutionary Theory

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About this book


In The Emerging Consensus of Social Systems Theory Bausch summarizes the works of over 30 major systemic theorists. He then goes on to show the converging areas of consensus among these out-standing thinkers.
Bausch categorizes the social aspects of current systemic thinking as falling into five broadly thematic areas: designing social systems, the structure of the social world, communication, cognition and epistemology.
These five areas are foundational for a theoretic and practical systemic synthesis. They were topics of contention in a historic debate between Habermas and Luhmann in the early 1970's. They continue to be contentious topics within the study of social philosophy.
Since the 1970's, systemic thinking has taken great strides in the areas of mathematics, physics, biology, psychology, and sociology. This book presents a spectrum of those theoretical advances. It synthesizes what various strains of contemporary systems science have to say about social processes and assesses the quality of the resulting integrated explanations.
Bausch gives a detailed study of the works of many present-day systems theorists, both in general terms, and with regard to social processes. He then creates and validates integrated representations of their thoughts with respect to his own thematic classifications. He provides a background of systemic thinking from an historical context, as well as detailed studies of developments in sociological, cognitive and evolutionary theory. This book presents a coherent, dynamic model of a self-organizing world. It proposes a creative and ethical method of decision-making and design. It makes explicit the relations between structure and process in the realms of knowledge and being. The new methodology that evolves in this book allows us to deal with enormous complexity, and to relate ideas so as to draw out previously unsuspected conclusions and syntheses. Therein lies the elegance and utility of this model.


Jürgen Habermas Nation Niklas Luhmann Synthese cognition communication environment systems theory

Authors and affiliations

  • Kenneth C. Bausch
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    • 2
  1. 1.Ashley Montagu InstituteLos AngelesUSA
  2. 2.CWA Ltd.PaoliUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic / Plenum Publishers 2001
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4613-5468-0
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4615-1263-9
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