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Qualitative Complexity
Ecology, Cognitive Processes and the Re-Emergence of Structures in Post-Humanist Social Theory





ISBN 9780415439671
Published February 13, 2007 by Routledge
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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