David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
World Futures 61 (5):397 – 408 (2005)
In this article the author maintains that complexity theory relies on reductionist assumptions, showing itself not to be completely convincing in dealing with the issue of novelty. First, an outline of Mark C. Taylor's The Moment of Complexity is presented as an exemplary case, particularly for his attempt to import complexity theory into the social sciences. Then, the connection between complexity theory and evolutionism is considered, arguing that this connection prevents complexity theory from giving a convincing account of the emergence of novelty. A provisional conclusion is offered by arguing that novelty should be conceived as arising from a "widening" of reduction at the individual level.
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
No categories specified
(categorize this paper)
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Claus Emmeche (1997). Aspects of Complexity in Life and Science. Philosophica 59.
Douglas Frye & Philip David Zelazo (1998). Complexity: From Formal Analysis to Final Action. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 21 (6):836-837.
Sylvia Walby (2007). Complexity Theory, Systems Theory, and Multiple Intersecting Social Inequalities. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 37 (4):449-470.
Mark Mason (2008). Complexity Theory and the Philosophy of Education. Educational Philosophy and Theory 40 (1):4–18.
Ralph H. Abraham (2011). The Genesis of Complexity. World Futures 67 (4-5):380 - 394.
Mark C. Taylor (2001). The Moment of Complexity: Emerging Network Culture. University of Chicago Press.
Peter Stewart (2001). Complexity Theories, Social Theory, and the Question of Social Complexity. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 31 (3):323-360.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads15 ( #116,421 of 1,140,004 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #157,514 of 1,140,004 )
How can I increase my downloads?