"A Quaternion of metaphors for the hermeneutics of life," by Richard Jung

The following 'seven theses' can be found in Richard Jung's "A quaternion of metaphors for the hermeneutics of life,” a paper presented at the International Conference of the Society for General Systems Research, Los Angeles, California, 1985.  "They are the metaphors ORGANISM, MACHINE, MIND, and TEMPLATE. I am calling them a QUATERNION, employing the term … Continue reading "A Quaternion of metaphors for the hermeneutics of life," by Richard Jung

On Fiske’s Elementary Forms of Sociality (2)

The reader may know the work of Charles B. Handy, a British organisation theorist who summarised his knowledge in the books "Understanding Organisations" and "The Gods of Management." Handy's theories were frequently quoted in academic and business management publications, as they gave a compact way of describing the various possible "styles" of organisational management. The … Continue reading On Fiske’s Elementary Forms of Sociality (2)

On Fiske’s Elementary Forms of Sociality (1)

In “The Self-Organizing Social Mind,” (MIT, 2010) John Bolender presents an interesting but slanted account of Alan P.Fiske’s Relational Model of sociality, as well as a theory of how these models might be explained. The essence of Bolender’s explanation is the notion of “symmetry breaking” as applied to forms of sociality. But, going away from … Continue reading On Fiske’s Elementary Forms of Sociality (1)

The Quadrature : Le Quadriparti – La Cuadratura

The Quadrature has been formulated and discovered or re-discovered many times in history. A book might be written to explain how and when the Quadrature is forgotten or recedes into the background. Perhaps the least understood formulation is that of Martin Heidegger. As M. Robitaille notes, following the studies by Jean-Francois Mattéi, Heideger´s “quadrature” (Geviert … Continue reading The Quadrature : Le Quadriparti – La Cuadratura

Richard Jung: “Surfaces Of Systems”

The work of R. Jung, especially the paper quoted below, shows the key turn we should take to re-define systems theory. This would be positive for Science in general, and certainly for all specialties dealing with social and technical systems. The conventional view criticised by Jung –one centred around mechanical metaphors—must be overcome. The key … Continue reading Richard Jung: “Surfaces Of Systems”

Les Deux Carrosses by Claude Gillot (circa 1707)

The painting Les Deux Carrosses by Claude Gillot presents a scene of street-level conflict where two carts pulled by servants are blocking each other. The characters in the painting, arranged around the binary opposition of the cart pullers (who are almost touching) gesticulate grotesquely. One of them is masked, and all are dressed in rich … Continue reading Les Deux Carrosses by Claude Gillot (circa 1707)

Information Theory

In  “Recent Contributions to the Mathematical Theory of Communication”  (University of Illinois Press, Urbana, 1964) Warren Weaver summarised the paradoxical character of Information Theory (as formulated by C. Shannon): “2.2 Information “The word information, in this theory, is used in a special sense that must not be confused with its ordinary usage. In particular, information … Continue reading Information Theory

Hegel: Intensive And Extensive Magnitude

The correlated terms of intensive and extensive abstraction have another antecedent in the reflections of G.W.F Hegel on intensive and extensive “magnitude.”  The following fragments can be found in Hegel’s “Science of Logic- Identity of Intensive and Extensive Magnitude” – sections 480, 481 and 483: “480. The determinateness of intensive magnitude is, therefore, to be … Continue reading Hegel: Intensive And Extensive Magnitude

K. Palmer: “The Inverse Dual Of a System”

One of the most important insights made in the realm of Systems Theory was due to Kent D. Palmer in a paper published in  2010. (Source: http://holonomic.net/sd01V04.pdf ). The key paper, under the title “Advanced Meta-Systems Theory For MetaSystems Engineers,” presents a radical reformulation of the relations between the concepts of “system” and “meta-system.” Palmer … Continue reading K. Palmer: “The Inverse Dual Of a System”