Dialectical Social Science in the Age of Complexity
This study places dialectical thinking, theory, and method on a solid scientific footing with respect to the contemporary sciences of holistic-relationism; and offers a competing, even superior, philosophy of social science to the mainstream version of positivistic-behaviourism. It also indicates ways in which a dialectical, holistic-relational social science will help to shape a more democratic, humane style of politics and public policy. It subjects mainstream social science to wholesale reorientation, and in doing so, offers a valid prescription for a post-positivistic, post-behaviourist social science that is scientifically grounded.
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Chapter Two Cavorting with Consilience
Chapter Three The Marxian Dialectic
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abstract adaptive alectical analysis analytical articulated autopoiesis autopoietic become behavior biology Briggs & Peat Butterfly Effect capital capitalist Capra causality chaos theory chaotic Chapter Cilliers complex systems complexity theory consilience context contradiction creative cultural degree democracy democratic deterministic dialectical method dynamics economic edge of chaos emergent properties entities environment epistemological essential evolution freedom function fundamental genetic global Gould historical contingency holistic holistic-relational science holistic-relationism human implications instance interaction kind least Marx Marx's Marxian dialectic Marxism materialism matter means mechanistic mechanistic-reductionistic metaphor methodological individualism natural sciences neo-evolutionary networks Newtonian Newtonian-Cartesian Newtonian-positivistic non-linear nonetheless notion Ollman ontology open-ended organic paradigm phenomena philosophy political positivism positivistic possible predictable quantum quantum-holographic radical reality reductionism reductionistic relational ontology relationally relationships scientists self-organized criticality sense social science social scientific society Soviet specific structure tion trajectory universal laws unpredictable whole system world view