Towards an axiological systems theory

  • Francisco Parra-Luna


Why do we live in Society? Why, with the exception of the occasional hermit, do we need others to survive? What are we seeking and what do we find? What process turns our needs into satisfaction, or more precisely degrees of need into degrees of satisfaction? Can what we need and what we get be measured and compared? Can we understand the “effectiveness” of a given society in terms of these two concepts? Would this provide us with a possible approach to appraisal of society?


Social System Political System Social Phenomenon Environmental Conservation Social Analysis 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Francisco Parra-Luna
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  1. 1.Facultad de Ciencias Políticas y SociologíaUniversidad Complutense de MadridMadrid

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