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Critical Systems Thinking, Post-Modernism and the Philosophy of Richard Rorty

  • M. W. J. Spaul

Abstract

Jackson (1991a, 1991b) has identified and elaborated a view of the post-modern challenge to Critical Systems Thinking (hereafter CST). He concludes that the post-modern world-view offers little support to any major strand of systems thought. This paper examines one particular ‘post-modern’ stance — that of the philosopher Richard Rorty — And considers the possibility of a compromise with CST. the linkages between the five commitments of CST (Jackson 1991c) are considered in the light of this examination. a tentative framework for the investigation of post-modern systems thinking is also considered.

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System Thinking Soft System Methodology Philosophical Paper Critical System Thinking Critical Modernism 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. W. J. Spaul
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of TechnologyAnglia Polytechnic UniversityUK

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