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General Systemology

Transdisciplinarity for Discovery, Insight and Innovation

  • David Rousseau
  • Jennifer Wilby
  • Julie Billingham
  • Stefan Blachfellner

Part of the Translational Systems Sciences book series (TSS, volume 13)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. David Rousseau, Jennifer Wilby, Julie Billingham, Stefan Blachfellner
    Pages 1-23
  3. David Rousseau, Jennifer Wilby, Julie Billingham, Stefan Blachfellner
    Pages 25-46
  4. David Rousseau, Jennifer Wilby, Julie Billingham, Stefan Blachfellner
    Pages 47-62
  5. David Rousseau, Jennifer Wilby, Julie Billingham, Stefan Blachfellner
    Pages 63-78
  6. David Rousseau, Jennifer Wilby, Julie Billingham, Stefan Blachfellner
    Pages 79-104
  7. David Rousseau, Jennifer Wilby, Julie Billingham, Stefan Blachfellner
    Pages 105-132
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 133-136

About this book

Introduction

This book expands the foundations of general systems theory to enable progress beyond the rich heuristic practices available today. It establishes a foundational framework for the development of scientific transdisciplinary systems principles and shows how these can amplify the potential of individuals and teams working in multi-, inter- and transdisciplinary contexts or striving to translate their progress across disciplinary boundaries. Three general scientific systems principles are presented, and their relevance to the design, analysis, management and transformation of systems is explored.

Applying lessons from the history and philosophy science, this book disambiguates key concepts of general systemology, clarifies the role of general systemology within the field of systemology, and explains how general systemology supports other forms of transdisciplinarity. These insights are used to develop new perspectives, strategies and tools for addressing long-standing challenges to the advancement and transdisciplinary application of general insights into the nature of complex systems.

The material presented in this book includes comprehensive models of the structure of systemology as a disciplinary field, the structure and significance of the general systems worldview, and the role of general systemology as the heart of systems science, systems engineering and systems practice. It explains what a fully-fledged general theory of systems would look like, what its potential is, what routes are available to us to develop it further, and how to leverage the knowledge we have attained so far.

Many examples and analogies show how general systemology has the potential to enable scientific discovery, insightful theory building, and practical innovation in all the disciplines as they study, design, nurture or transform complex systems. This book is essential reading for anyone wishing to master the concepts, terminology, models and strategies needed to make effective use of current general systems knowledge and to engage in the further development of the philosophy, science, and practice of general systemology.

Keywords

General Systemology Systems Research General Systems Theory Worldview Systems Methodologies Transdisciplinarity Translational Science Ontology Epistemology Systems Design Boulding Bertalanffy

Authors and affiliations

  • David Rousseau
    • 1
  • Jennifer Wilby
    • 2
  • Julie Billingham
    • 3
  • Stefan Blachfellner
    • 4
  1. 1.Centre for Systems PhilosophyAddlestoneUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Centre for Systems Studies, University of HullKingston upon HullUnited Kingdom
  3. 3.Centre for Systems PhilosophyAddlestoneUnited Kingdom
  4. 4.Bertalanffy Center for the Study of Systems ScienceViennaAustria

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-0892-4
  • Copyright Information David Rousseau 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Economics and Finance
  • Print ISBN 978-981-10-0891-7
  • Online ISBN 978-981-10-0892-4
  • Series Print ISSN 2197-8832
  • Series Online ISSN 2197-8840
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