How can we think the complex?

Gershenson, Carlos and Heylighen, Francis (2004) How can we think the complex? [Book Chapter] (Unpublished)

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In this chapter we want to provide philosophical tools for understanding and reasoning about complex systems. Classical thinking, which is taught at most schools and universities, has several problems for coping with complexity. We review classical thinking and its drawbacks when dealing with complexity, for then presenting ways of thinking which allow the better understanding of complex systems. Examples illustrate the ideas presented. This chapter does not deal with specific tools and techniques for managing complex systems, but we try to bring forth ideas that facilitate the thinking and speaking about complex systems.

Item Type:Book Chapter
Keywords:complexity, philosophy, causality, emergence
Subjects:Philosophy > Philosophy of Science
ID Code:3439
Deposited By:Gershenson, Carlos
Deposited On:04 Mar 2004
Last Modified:11 Mar 2011 08:55

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