Order and Disorder

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2001 - Philosophy - 254 pages

After critiquing chaos, catastrophe, and complexity theories, showing their limitations in the contemporary era, Rich furthers the development of crisis theory and applies the crisis theory approach to biological and social evolution. Treating evolution in the context of crisis theory, he shows that as evolution is both genetic and social, social evolution is an extension of biological evolution. As physical evolution results from problem solving, social evolution develops from the solving of historically significant problems, bringing about, for instance, the post-World War II era of knowledge. In this context, Rich discusses the problems of our era, with an emphasis on the paradox of industrialization and its consequences for wealthy and poor nations alike. The paradox of industrialization is approached in terms of crisis theory and resolved.

 

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Contents

The Illusion of a Paradox
3
Complexity Theory Comments and Critique
13
Chaos Theory Comments and Critique
23
Rene Thoms Catastrophe Theory Comments and Critique
35
Introduction to the Dynamics of Crisis Theory
43
Comments on Game Theory
49
Introduction to Crisis Theory
57
Order and Disorder I Crisis Theory
73
Acceptance and Rejection The Critical Test
101
Introduction to Order and Disorder
149
Crisis Theory and the Strategy of Evolution
159
Order and Disorder in Our Contemporary Era
197
Order and Disorder in Our Contemporary Era The Paradox of Industrialization
225
Concluding Comments The Ethical ImperativeDollos Law and Crisis Theory
239
Selected Bibliography
245
Index
249

Order and Disorder II Dynamics and Discontinuity
81

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About the author (2001)

DAVID Z. RICH is an economic consultant, independent researcher, and freelance writer. His earlier books include The Economic Theory of Growth and Development (Praeger, 1994) and Crisis Theory (Praeger, 1997).

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