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  1. Rika Preiser, Paul Cilliers & Oliver Human (2013). Deconstruction and Complexity: A Critical Economy. South African Journal of Philosophy 32 (3):261-273.
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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. Paul Cilliers (2010). Difference, Identity, and Complexity. Philosophy Today 54 (1):55-65.
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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. Francis Heylighen, Paul Cilliers & Carlos Gershenson (2006). [Book Chapter] (in Press).
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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. Paul Cilliers (2002). Why We Cannot Know Complex Things Completely. Emergence 4 (1):77-84.
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  13. Paul Cilliers, Vasti Roodt & Tanya de Villiers (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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. Kurt A. Richardson, Paul Cilliers & Michael Lissack (2001). Complexity Science: A "Gray" Science for the "Stuff in Between&Quot;. Emergence 3 (2):6-18.
  17. Kurt Richardson & Paul Cilliers (2001). What is Complexity Science? A View From Different Directions. Emergence 3 (1):5-23.
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  18. Paul Cilliers (2000). Knowledge, Complexity, and Understanding. Emergence 2 (4):7-13.
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  19. Paul Cilliers (2000). Rules and Complex Systems. Emergence 2 (3):40-50.
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  20. Paul Cilliers (2000). What Can We Learn From a Theory of Complexity? Emergence 2 (1):23-33.
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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. Paul Cilliers (1998). On Derrida and Apartheid. South African Journal of Philosophy 17 (1):75-88.
     
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  24. 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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