Complexity, Multi-disciplinarity, and Beyond

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Peter Lang, 2008 - Philosophy - 136 pages
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Complexity, Multi-Disciplinarity, and Beyond addresses the issue of complexity mainly in the fields of humanities and social sciences. It is a continuation of Interdisciplinarity: Toward the Definition of a Metadiscipline? (Lang, 2001) in which the main question is related to the role of interdisciplinarity and disciplinarian thinking in confronting complexity in general. The present book focuses on complexity in the humanities but also revisits some of the ideas brought forth in Interdisciplinarity, concerning the limitations of disciplinarian thinking and interdisciplinarity in their confrontations with complexity. The development of conceptual tools, as well as theories and models for complexity outside the realm of hard sciences, is still in its infancy. Nevertheless, it is essential to learn to cope with complexity, and every effort in this area must be encouraged.
 

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Contents

A Few Basic Definitions
11
A Test Case
23
The Epistemological
39
Chapter Four Complexity in Humanities and in Social Sciences
53
Chapter Five The Existential Philosophers Struggle
67
Chapter Six Utopian Thinking and Complexity
77
Chapter Seven Disciplinarian Thinking and Interdisciplinarity
87
Chapter Eight Complexity Multidisciplinarity and Beyond
99
Fragments for a Book
111
Notes
123
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The Author: Michael Finkenthal is the author of several books and many articles on various subjects related to literary, philosophical, and scientific matters. His present work on complexity in humanities and social sciences was very much informed by his long-standing research of the exceedingly complex media of hot, laboratory, and astrophysical plasmas.

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