Complexity and Postmodernism: Understanding Complex Systems

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Routledge, Sep 11, 2002 - Philosophy - 176 pages
In Complexity and Postmodernism, Paul Cilliers explores the idea of complexity in the light of contemporary perspectives from philosophy and science. Cilliers offers us a unique approach to understanding complexity and computational theory by integrating postmodern theory (like that of Derrida and Lyotard) into his discussion. Complexity and Postmodernism is an exciting and an original book that should be read by anyone interested in gaining a fresh understanding of complexity, postmodernism and connectionism.
 

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Contents

Introducing connectionism
25
Poststructuralism connectionism and complexity
37
John Searle befuddles
48
Problems with representation
58
Selforganisation in complex systems
89
Complexity and postmodernism
112
Understanding complexity
141
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Paul Cilliers lectures in philosophy at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa.

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