Timeo Danaos et Dona Ferentes: A Philosophical-Cum-Epistemological Critique of the Critical Systems Perspective

  • Haridimos Tsoukas


The purpose of this paper is first to outline a synopsis of the main tenets of the critical systems perspective (CSP), and second to provide a philosophical-cum-epistemological critique of its claims. The thesis that will be advanced here is largely unsympathetic towards CSP. The latter is beset by a number of philosophical-cum-episteiriological, logical, and sociological errors which render its central claims problematic. However, in the extremely limited space of this article only the philosophical-cum-epistemologloal aspects of CSP will be considered.


System Thinking Contingency View False Consciousness Claim Problem Critical System Thinking 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Haridimos Tsoukas
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  1. 1.Warwick Business SchoolUniversity of WarwickCoventryUK

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