1st Edition

Systems, Self-Organisation and Information An Interdisciplinary Perspective

    248 Pages
    by Routledge

    248 Pages
    by Routledge

    Complex system studies are a growing area of central importance to a wide range of disciplines, ranging from physics to politics and beyond. Adopting this interdisciplinary approach, Systems, Self-Organisation and Information presents and discusses a range of ground-breaking research in complex systems theory.

    Building upon foundational concepts, the volume introduces a theory of Self-Organization, providing definitions of concepts including system, structure, organization, functionality, and boundary. Biophysical and cognitive approaches to Self-Organization are also covered, discussing the complex dynamics of living beings and the brain, and self-organized adaptation and learning in computational systems. The convergence of Peircean philosophy with the study of Self-Organization also provides an original pathway of research, which contributes to a dialogue between pragmatism, semeiotics, complexity theory, and self-organizing systems.

    As one of the few interdisciplinary works on systems theory, relating Self-Organization and Information Theory, Systems, Self-Organisation and Information is an invaluable resource for researchers and postgraduate students interested in complex systems theory from related disciplines including philosophy, physics, and engineering.

    Table of Contents


    Alfredo Pereira Jr., William A. Pickering, and Ricardo Gudwin

    Part I - Foundational Studies

    1. The Idea of Self-Organization

    Michel Debrun

    2. The Dynamics of Primary Self-Organization

    Michel Debrun

    3. Basic Concepts of Systemics

    Ettore Bresciani Filho and Itala M. Loffredo D’Ottaviano

    4. The Role of Information in Self-Organization

    Alfredo Pereira Jr. and Maria Eunice Quilic Gonzalez

    5. On the Self-Organizing of Reality-Totality as Living Knowledge

    Ricardo Pereira Tassinari

    Part II - Biophysical and Cognitive Approaches

    6. Vital Flow: the Self-Organization Stage

    Romeu Cardoso Guimarães

    7. Implication and Information: A Quantitative-Informational Analysis of Material Implication

    Marcos Antonio Alves and Itala M. Loffredo D’Ottaviano

    8. Self-Organization in Computational Systems

    Ricardo Ribeiro Gudwin

    Part III - Practical Issues

    9. Self-Organization and Action: A Systemic Approach to Common Action

    Mariana Claudia Broens

    10. Complexity and Informational Privacy: A Study in the Systemic Perspective

    João Antonio de Moraes and Maria Eunice Quilici Gonzalez

    11. An Understanding of Solidarity Economy in the Light of Self-Organization Theory

    Renata Cristina Geromel Meneghetti

    12. Multilingualism and Social Self-Organization in Brazil

    Claudia Wanderley

    Part IV - Semiotic Studies

    13. Prolegomena to a Semeiotic Theory of Self-Organization

    Vinicius Romanini

    14. Habit Formation and Self-Organization: A Peircean Approach

    Ivo A. Ibri

    15. Origin of the Cosmos and Self-Organization in the Work of Charles Sanders Peirce

    Lauro Frederico Barbosa da Silveira

    16. Diagrammatic Logic as a Method for the Study of Cosmovisions

    Enidio Ilario


    Alfredo Pereira Jr. is Professor at Universidade Estadual Paulista Júlio de Mesquita Filho, Brazil.

    William Alfred Pickering holds a doctorate in Linguistics, and is currently a freelance translator.

    Ricardo Ribeiro Gudwin is an Associate Professor at the University of Campinas, Brazil.