Contemporary Systems Thinking

The Systemic Turn in Human and Natural Sciences

A Rock in The Pond

Editors: Urbani Ulivi, Lucia (Ed.)

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  • Develops and updates the systemic approach in existing disciplines including physics, biology, ecology and systemics, but also introduces it in humanistic disciplines like philosophy, architecture, economy, legal studies, and classical studies
  • Contributes to the consolidation and expansion of systemic thinking as a necessary integration of the general reductionist and dominant analytical attitude
  • Supports the diffusion of new concepts and research methods in systemic thinking
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This book is dedicated to the consolidation and to the expansion of theoretic systems thinking as a necessary integration of the general reductionist and analytical attitude dominant in our culture. Reductionism and analytical approaches have produced significant results in many fields of contemporary knowledge giving a great contribution to relevant scientific discoveries and to their technological application, but their validity has been improperly universalized as the only and best methods of knowledge in every domain. It is nowadays clear that analytical or mereological approaches are inadequate to solve many problems and that we should introduce – or support the diffusion of - new concepts and different research attitudes.
A good candidate to support such a shift is the well known theoretical approach based on the concept of “system” that no more considers the elementary constituents of an object, but the entity emerging from the relations and interactions among its elementary parts.  It becomes possible to reconstruct several domains, both philosophical and scientific, from the systemic point of view, introducing fresh ideas in the research in view of a general rational vision of the world on more comprehensive basis.
This book contributes to the diffusion and evolution of systemic thinking by focusing on two main objectives: developing and updating the systemic approach in disciplines currently using it and introducing the systemic perspective in humanistic disciplines, where the approach is not widely used. The Systemic Turn in Human and Natural Sciences: A Rock in the Pond is comprised of ten chapters. The chapter authors adopt a trans-disciplinary perspective, consisting in the recognition and harmonization of the special outlooks that together, within the general systemic paradigm, gives an ideal unity to the book.

About the authors

Lucia Urbani Ulivi is a Professor of Philosophy of Mind and Ontology and Metaphysics in the Department of Philosophy of the Catholic University in Milan, Italy. Her research interests mainly concern metaphysics, in the sense of the great classical tradition, updated through scientific contemporary references. Since 2009 she has been working on systems thinking, with particular attention to the interdisciplinary cooperation promoted by system theory. She has organized and coordinated since 2009 the research group about systemic thinking in the sciences, the humanities and the arts, that held more than eighty seminars and conferences whose results have been regularly published in Rivista di Filosofia Neo-Scolastica (2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016) and in the editing of three volumes: Strutture di mondo. Il pensiero sistemico come specchio di una realtà complessa, Il Mulino, Bologna 2010, 2013, 2015.

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)
  • Phenomenological Structural Dynamics of Emergence: An Overview of How Emergence Emerges

    Minati, Gianfranco

    Pages 1-39

  • The World Opacity and Knowledge

    Vitiello, Giuseppe

    Pages 41-51

  • In Search of Organization Laws: A New Way of Doing Science? (The Uprising of Systemic Attitude)

    Giuliani, Alessandro

    Pages 53-60

  • Is Present Ecology a Systemic Discipline? New Scientific Paradigms Lead to Bionomics

    Ingegnoli, Vittorio

    Pages 61-82

  • Architecture and Systemics: A Brief Outline

    Fontana, Carlotta

    Pages 83-95

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eBook $119.00
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Systemic Turn in Human and Natural Sciences
Book Subtitle
A Rock in The Pond
Editors
  • Lucia Urbani Ulivi
Series Title
Contemporary Systems Thinking
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-00725-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-00725-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-00724-9
Series ISSN
1568-2846
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXI, 205
Number of Illustrations
4 b/w illustrations, 14 illustrations in colour
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