Outline of a Paradigm Change in Software Engineering

  • Christiane Floyd
Part of the Studies in Cognitive Systems book series (COGS, volume 14)


This paper is a contribution of a special kind: rather than describing one specific result, I will attempt to give a synopsis of an ongoing controversy between rivalling ideas and attitudes underlying our scientific and technical work in software engineering. In doing so, I will argue for a shift of emphasis which I term a paradigm change. This change seems urgent in a situation where software as part of computer-based systems affects even more areas of the living human world, while the existing discipline of software engineering has no way of dealing with this systematically.


Software Engineering Software Engineer Human World Paradigm Change Referent System 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christiane Floyd
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  1. 1.Institut für Angewardte InformatickTechnische Universität BerlinyGermany

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