Critical Complexity

Critical Complexity : Collected Essays

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This book is a collection of all the single authored essays by Paul Cilliers, published between 1990-2011. Being one of few authors who approached the study of complexity from a philosophical perspective, the main themes in these papers explore:
- Qualitative characterization of complexity and the normative implications of studying complex adaptive systems,
- the philosophical and conceptual similarity to post-structural approaches
- how any engagement with complexity leads to a critical engagement with how we do science and design interventions
- critical and normative implications for how to engage with complex socio-political concerns in the world.

What makes this book unique is that it consolidates a body of work that is distributed over a wide range of academic journals. Although his book "Complexity and Postmodernism" (Routledge, 1998) remains a cornerstone in the field of complexity studies, Cilliers' journal essays really explore the application of the theoretical concepts in more depth. His ground-breaking ideas conceptualized in these essays have served as a continual source of novelty and inspiration in the process of applying complexity thinking to other fields of study.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 302 pages
  • 155 x 230 x 20.32mm | 567g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1 Illustrations, black and white
  • 1501510797
  • 9781501510793
  • 3,277,512

About Rika Preiser

Rika Preiser, Centre for Studies in Complexity, Stellenbosch University, South Africa.
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