Qualitative Complexity: Ecology, Cognitive Processes and the Re-Emergence of Structures in Post-Humanist Social Theory, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Qualitative Complexity

Ecology, Cognitive Processes and the Re-Emergence of Structures in Post-Humanist Social Theory, 1st Edition

By John Smith, Chris Jenks


314 pages

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Offering a critique of the humanist paradigm in contemporary social theory, Qualitative Complexity is the first comprehensive sociological analysis of complexity theory. Drawing from sources in sociology, philosophy, complexity theory, 'fuzzy logic', systems theory, cognitive science and evolutionary biology, John Smith and Chris Jenks present a new series of interdisciplinary perspectives on the sociology of complex, self-organizing structures.

Table of Contents

Part 1: The Interdisciplinary Field 1. Complexity Theory: A Positioning Paper 2. From Descartes’ Conjecture to Kant’s Subject and the Computo 3. Autopoiesis in Cognitive Biology 4. Emergentism, Evolutionary Psychology and Culture 5. Prigogine’s Thermodynamics, Ontology and Sociology Part 2: Critical Developments 6. Modernism and Determinism: Linear Expectations and Qualitative Complexity Analyses 7. Complexity Theory as a Critique of Postmodernism 8. Cognition and the Renewal of Systems Theory: Redundant Idioms and Disputed Positions 9. The Evolution of Intelligence, Consciousness and Language: Implications for Social Theory 10. Complexity, Language and Culture: Social Systems in Qualitative, i.e. not Formal Terms Part 3: The Fields of Complex Analysis: Contemporary Complexity Theory 11. The Ethics of Pragmatism: Politics and Post-Structuralism in Transition after the Complexity Turn 12. The Topology of Complexity 13. Re-Interpreting Global Complexity as an Ontology: Human Ecology

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The International Library of Sociology (ILS) is the most important series of books on sociology ever published. Founded in the 1940s by Karl Mannheim, the series became the forum for pioneering research and theory, marked by comparative approaches and the identification of new directions in sociology, publishing major figures in Anglo-American and European sociology, from Durkheim and Weber to Parsons and Gouldner, and from Ossowski and Klein to Jasanoff and Walby.

Its new editors, John Holmwood (University of Nottingham, UK) and Vineeta Sinha (National University of Singapore), plan to develop the series as a truly global project, reflecting new directions and contributions outside its traditional centres, and connecting with the original aim of the series to produce sociological knowledge that addresses pressing global social problems and supports democratic debate.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General