Introduction to Systems Philosophy Toward a New Paradigm of Contemporary Thought
First Published in 1972, Introduction to Systems Philosophy presents Ervin Laszlo’s first comprehensive volume on the subject. It argues for a systematic and constructive inquiry into natural phenomenon on the assumption of general order in nature. Laszlo says systems philosophy reintegrates the concept of enduring universals with transient processes within a non-bifurcated, hierarchically differentiated realm of invariant systems, as the ultimate actualities of self-structuring nature. He brings themes like the promise of systems philosophy; theory of natural systems; empirical interpretations of physical, biological, and social systems; frameworks for philosophy of mind, philosophy of nature, ontology, epistemology, metaphysics and normative ethics, to showcase the timeliness and necessity of a return from analytic to synthetic philosophy. This book is an essential read for any scholar and researcher of philosophy, philosophy of science and systems theory.
Preface Foreword Introduction: The Idea of Systems Philosophy 1. Why Systems Philosophy? 2. Method 3. Specifications Part I: Outline of a General Theory of Systems 4. Theory of Natural Systems 5. Empirical Interpretations 6. Theory of Cognitive Systems 7. Empirical Interpretations General theory of Systems: Conclusion Part II: Studies in Systems Philosophy 8. System: Framework for an Ontology 9. Hierarchy: Framework for a Philosophy of Nature 10. Consciousness: Framework for a Philosophy of Mind 11. Cognition: Framework for an Epistemology 12. Freedom: Framework for a Philosophy of Man 13. Value: Framework for a Normative Ethics 14. Survival: Framework for a New Age Ethos 15. Ultimate Principles: Framework for a Metaphysics Systems Philosophy: Conclusions Appendix Systems Philosophy and the Crisis of Fragmentation in Education Bibliography Index of Names Index of Subjects