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Systems theory

A method of describing a complex structure introduced by Ludwig von Bertalanffy in the 1940s that relates the interaction of individual components of the structure to the functioning of the structure as a whole.
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We systems theorists believe that Clausewitz, so ahead of his time, was one of the first systems philosophers on the subject of war.
Systems theorists grant that such analysis gives you knowledge of how the parts of a system function; however, the system theorists' quest is for knowledge of how the system operates as a whole, including its role or function in the wider environment of a more encompassing system.
In 1974, two Chilean biologists Varela, Maturana and the systems theorist Uribe, published an article on living systems.
Systems theorist and Club of Budapest founder Ervin Laszlo seeks to provide a concise yet encompassing overview of our current global situation.
Bioneers 901 West San Mateo Rd., Suite L Santa Fe, NM 87505 USA www.bioneeers.org Bioneer Fritjof Capra is a physicist and systems theorist, a Founding Director of the Center for Eco-literacy in Berkeley, California, which promotes ecology and systems thinking in primary and secondary education, is on the faculty of Schumacher College and frequently gives management seminars for top executives.
Systems theorists are not always as careful as they ought to be in crossing over from the abstract and hypothetical-deductive logic of models into the prescriptive worlds of policy analysis and policy making.
Despite the many similarities between the Hegelian view and that of systems theorists of various traditions, Hegel's influence on these thinkers appears to have been indirect, through the influence on Marx's views of systems, for example, which were ubiquitous as systems theory was developing, and through the work of Spengler, who under Hegel's influence came to view societies as organistic, and who influenced Bertalannfy.
There is a wide field open to social scientists ready to study really systemic models and to systems theorists ready to tackle political and socio cultural issues in the most embracing way, in space and time.
Now, developmental systems theorists are suggesting that much of evolutionary change and adaptation happen before the unfit are selected against.
The introduction and application of the family metaphor into the theological and ecclesiastical consciousness and practice of religious congregations is not due solely to family systems theorists like Edwin Friedman.
World Systems theorists emphasize that, in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, Asia and its merchants were marginalized in the emerging world economy centered in Europe.
Dynamical systems theorists claim that the number of biomechanical degrees of freedom of the motor system is dramatically reduced through the development of coordinative structures or temporary assemblages of muscle complexes (Turvey, 1990).
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