The Science of Synthesis: Exploring the Social Implications by Debora Hammond

By Debora Hammond

Debora Hammond's The technology of Synthesis explores the advance of basic platforms thought and the people who accrued jointly round that concept to shape the Society for common platforms study. In reading the lifestyles and paintings of the SGSR's 5 founding members-Ludwig von Bertalanffy, Kenneth Boulding, Ralph Gerard, James Grier Miller, and Anatol Rapoport-Hammond lines the emergence of structures rules throughout a extensive diversity of disciplines within the mid-twentieth century.

Both metaphor and framework, the structures inspiration as articulated by way of its earliest proponents highlights dating and interconnectedness one of the organic, ecological, social, mental, and technological dimensions of our more and more complicated lives. looking to go beyond the reductionism and mechanism of classical science-which they observed as constrained through its specialize in the discrete, part components of reality-the basic structures neighborhood was hoping to enrich this analytic process with a extra holistic orientation. As one of the platforms traditions, the overall structures team was once particularly attracted to fostering collaboration and integration between diversified disciplinary views, with an emphasis on nurturing extra participatory and really democratic different types of social organization.

The technological know-how of Synthesis records a special episode within the heritage of contemporary idea, one who continues to be correct at the present time. This ebook might be of curiosity to historians of technology, method thinkers, students and practicioners within the social sciences, administration, association improvement and similar fields, in addition to the overall reader attracted to the background of principles that experience formed severe advancements within the moment 1/2 the 20 th century.

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