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    Paul Cilliers (1998). Complexity and Postmodernism: Understanding Complex Systems. Routledge.
    Complexity and Postmodernism explores the notion of complexity in the light of contemporary perspectives from philosophy and science. The book integrates insights from complexity and computational theory with the philosophical position of thinkers including Derrida and Lyotard. Paul Cilliers takes a critical stance towards the use of the analytical method as a tool to cope with complexity, and he rejects Searle's superficial contribution to the debate.
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  2. Kurt A. Richardson, Paul Cilliers & Michael Lissack (2001). Complexity Science: A "Gray" Science for the "Stuff in Between". Emergence: Complexity and Organization 3 (2):6-18.
  3. Deborah Osberg, Gert Biesta & Paul Cilliers (2008). From Representation to Emergence: Complexity's Challenge to the Epistemology of Schooling. Educational Philosophy and Theory 40 (1):213–227.
    In modern, Western societies the purpose of schooling is to ensure that school-goers acquire knowledge of pre-existing practices, events, entities and so on. The knowledge that is learned is then tested to see if the learner has acquired a correct or adequate understanding of it. For this reason, it can be argued that schooling is organised around a representational epistemology: one which holds that knowledge is an accurate representation of something that is separate from knowledge itself. Since the object of (...)
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    Joachim P. Sturmberg & Paul Cilliers (2009). Time and the Consultation – an Argument for a 'Certain Slowness'. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice 15 (5):881-885.
    When natural time sequences were replaced by clocks, time became a measurable commodity and the ‘speedy use of time’ a virtue. In medical practice shorter consultations allow more patients to be seen, whereas longer consultations result in a better understanding of the patient and her problems. Crossing the line of time-efficiency and time-effectiveness compromises the balance between short-term turnover and long-term outcomes. The consultation has all the hallmarks of a complex adaptive system whose characteristics are not determined by the characteristics (...)
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    Paul Cilliers (2000). What Can We Learn From a Theory of Complexity? Emergence: Complexity and Organization 2 (1):23-33.
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  6. Tanya de Villiers & Paul Cilliers (2004). Narrating the Self: Freud, Dennett and Complexity Theory. South African Journal of Philosophy 23 (1):34-53.
    Adopting a materialist approach to the mind has far reaching implications for many presuppositions regarding the properties of the brain, including those that have traditionally been consigned to “the mental” aspect of human being. One such presupposition is the conception of the disembodied self. In this article we aim to account for the self as a material entity, in that it is wholly the result of the physiological functioning of the embodied brain. Furthermore, we attempt to account for the structure (...)
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  7. Francis Heylighen, Paul Cilliers & Carlos Gershenson (2006). Complexity and Philosophy. In [Book Chapter] (in Press).
    The science of complexity is based on a new way of thinking that stands in sharp contrast to the philosophy underlying Newtonian science, which is based on reductionism, determinism, and objective knowledge. This paper reviews the historical development of this new world view, focusing on its philosophical foundations. Determinism was challenged by quantum mechanics and chaos theory. Systems theory replaced reductionism by a scientifically based holism. Cybernetics and postmodern social science showed that knowledge is intrinsically subjective. These developments are being (...)
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    Paul Cilliers, Tanya de Villiers & Vasti Roodt (2002). The Formation of the Self. Nietzsche and Complexity. South African Journal of Philosophy 21 (1):1-17.
    The purpose of this article is to examine the relationship between the formation of the self and the worldly horizon within which this self achieves its meaning. Our inquiry takes place from two perspectives: the first derived from the Nietzschean analysis of how one becomes what one is; the other from current developments in complexity theory. This two-angled approach opens up different, yet related dimensions of a non-essentialist understanding of the self that is none the less neither arbitrary nor deterministic. (...)
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  9. Rika Preiser, Paul Cilliers & Oliver Human (2013). Deconstruction and Complexity: A Critical Economy. South African Journal of Philosophy 32 (3):261-273.
    In this paper we argue for the contribution that deconstruction can make towards an understanding of complex systems. We begin with a description of what we mean by complexity and how Derrida’s thought illustrates a sensitivity towards the problems we face when dealing with complex systems. This is especially clear in Derrida’s deconstruction of the structuralist linguistics of Ferdinand de Saussure. We compare this critique with the work of Edgar Morin, one of the foremost thinkers of contemporary complexity and argue (...)
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    Paul Cilliers (2000). Knowledge, Complexity, and Understanding. Emergence: Complexity and Organization 2 (4):7-13.
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    Paul Cilliers (2002). Why We Cannot Know Complex Things Completely. Emergence: Complexity and Organization 4 (1):77-84.
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  12. Kurt Richardson & Paul Cilliers (2001). What is Complexity Science? A View From Different Directions. Emergence: Complexity and Organization 3 (1):5-23.
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    Paul Cilliers (2007). On the Importance of a Certain Slowness. Stability, Memory and Hysteresis in Complex Systems. In Carlos Gershenson, Diederik Aerts & Bruce Edmonds (eds.), Worldviews, Science, and Us: Philosophy and Complexity. World Scientific 53.
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    Paul Cilliers (2000). Rules and Complex Systems. Emergence: Complexity and Organization 2 (3):40-50.
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    Paul Cilliers (2016). The Brain, the Mental Apparatus and the Text: A Post-Structural Neuropsychology. In PaulHG Cilliers (ed.), Critical Complexity: Collected Essays. De Gruyter 23-38.
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    Paul Cilliers (2010). Difference, Identity, and Complexity. Philosophy Today 54 (1):55-65.
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    Chantelle Swartz & Paul Cilliers (2002). Dialogue Disrupted: Derrida, Gadamer and the Ethics Of. South African Journal of Philosophy 21 (1):365.
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    Chantélle Swartz & Paul Cilliers (2005). Dialogue Disrupted: Derrida, Gadamer and the Ethics of Discussion. South African Journal of Philosophy 22 (1):1-18.
    This essay gives an account of thee exchanges between Jacques Derrida and Hans-Georg Gadamer at the Goethe Institute in Paris in April 1981. Many commentators perceive of this encounter as an "improbable debate," citing Derrida's marginalization, or, in deconstructive terms, deconcentration of Gadamer's opening text as the main reason for its "improbabliity." An analysis of the questions that Derrida poses concerning "communication" as an axiom from which we derive decidable truth brings us to the central feature of this discussion: How (...)
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    Paul Cilliers (1999). 'Complexity and Postmodernism. Understanding Complex Systems' Reply to David Spurrett. South African Journal of Philosophy 18:275-278.
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    Andries Gouws & Paul Cilliers (2001). Freud's “Project”, Distributed Systems, and Solipsism. South African Journal of Philosophy 20 (3):1-21.
    This paper discusses Freud's model of the psychical apparatus in the “Project”, and concludes that it is a remarkably sophisticated work which even today is still highly relevant to neuropsychological theorising. Freud rejects the notion that what happens in the brain can be clearly localised in space and time. This anticipates the notion of a distributed system found in recent developments in computing (“neural net works”) and in Derrida's conception of systems characterised by différance. Every part of such a system (...)
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    Paul Cilliers (2011). Imagining Better Futures. In John de Gruchy (ed.), The Humanist Imperative in South Africa. African Sun Media 31.
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  22. PaulHG Cilliers (2016). Acknowledgements. In Critical Complexity: Collected Essays. De Gruyter
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  23. PaulHG Cilliers (2016). Author Index. In Critical Complexity: Collected Essays. De Gruyter 285-286.
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  24. Paul Cilliers (2016). Boundaries, Hierarchies and Networks in Complex Systems. In PaulHG Cilliers (ed.), Critical Complexity: Collected Essays. De Gruyter 85-96.
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  25. Paul Cilliers (2002). Complexity and Postmodernism: Understanding Complex Systems. Routledge.
    In _Complexity and Postmodernism_, Paul Cilliers explores the idea of complexity in the light of contemporary perspectives from philosophy and science. Cilliers offers us a unique approach to understanding complexity and computational theory by integrating postmodern theory into his discussion. _Complexity and Postmodernism_ is an exciting and an original book that should be read by anyone interested in gaining a fresh understanding of complexity, postmodernism and connectionism.
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  26. Paul Cilliers (2016). Complexity and Philosophy: On the Importance of a Certain Slowness. In PaulHG Cilliers (ed.), Critical Complexity: Collected Essays. De Gruyter 211-222.
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  27. PaulHG Cilliers, Critical Complexity: Collected Essays.
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  28. Paul Cilliers (2016). Complexity, Deconstruction and Relativism. In PaulHG Cilliers (ed.), Critical Complexity: Collected Essays. De Gruyter 139-152.
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  29. Paul Cilliers (2016). Complexity, Ethics and Justice. In PaulHG Cilliers (ed.), Critical Complexity: Collected Essays. De Gruyter 181-190.
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  30. Paul Cilliers (2011). Complexity, Poststructuralism and Organization. In Peter Allen, Steve Maguire & Bill McKelvey (eds.), The Sage Handbook of Complexity and Management. Sage 142--154.
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  31. Paul Cilliers (2016). Difference, Identity and Complexity. In PaulHG Cilliers (ed.), Critical Complexity: Collected Essays. De Gruyter 193-210.
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  32. PaulHG Cilliers (2016). Frontmatter. In Critical Complexity: Collected Essays. De Gruyter
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  33. Paul Cilliers (2016). Knowledge, Complexity and Understanding. In PaulHG Cilliers (ed.), Critical Complexity: Collected Essays. De Gruyter 77-84.
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  34. Paul Cilliers (2016). Knowledge, Limits and Boundaries. In PaulHG Cilliers (ed.), Critical Complexity: Collected Essays. De Gruyter 105-114.
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  35. Paul Cilliers (1998). On Derrida and Apartheid. South African Journal of Philosophy 17 (1):75-88.
  36. Paul Cilliers (1995). Postmodern Knowledge and Complexity (or Why Anything Does Not Go). South African Journal of Philosophy 14 (3):124-132.
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  37. Paul Cilliers (2016). Rules and Complex Systems. In PaulHG Cilliers (ed.), Critical Complexity: Collected Essays. De Gruyter 55-66.
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  38. Paul Cilliers (2016). Rules and Relations: Some Connectionist Implications for Cognitive Science and Language. In PaulHG Cilliers (ed.), Critical Complexity: Collected Essays. De Gruyter 39-54.
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  39. Paul Cilliers & Oliver Human (2016). Towards an Economy of Complexity: Derrida, Morin and Bataille. In PaulHG Cilliers (ed.), Critical Complexity: Collected Essays. De Gruyter 245-264.
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  40. Paul Cilliers & Minka Woermann (2016). The Ethics of Complexity and the Complexity of Ethics. In PaulHG Cilliers (ed.), Critical Complexity: Collected Essays. De Gruyter 265-284.
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  41. PaulHG Cilliers (2016). Table of Contents. In Critical Complexity: Collected Essays. De Gruyter
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  42. Paul Cilliers (2016). What Can We Learn From a Theory of Complexity? In PaulHG Cilliers (ed.), Critical Complexity: Collected Essays. De Gruyter 67-76.
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  43. Paul Cilliers (2016). Why We Cannot Know Complex Things Completely. In PaulHG Cilliers (ed.), Critical Complexity: Collected Essays. De Gruyter 97-104.
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  44. Johan Degenaar, Willie van der Merwe & Paul Cilliers (2016). Justice, Law and Philosophy: An Interview with Jacques Derrida. In PaulHG Cilliers (ed.), Critical Complexity: Collected Essays. De Gruyter 171-180.
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  45. Francis Heylighen, Paul Cilliers & Carlos Gershenson (2006). [Book Chapter] (in Press).
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