Systems Theory Articles 2017-05-05T12:14:32+00:00

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Newtonian Paradigm

Newtonian Paradigm The Newtonian paradigm, also called the clockwork universe, is the scientific paradigm that supports modern science being characterized by its materialistic and atomistic...

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Systems Paradigm

Systems Paradigm A paradigm is a standard, perspective, or set of ideas that form a worldview underlying the theories and methodology of a particular domain. The systems paradigm, is then a...

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Integration

Integration Integration means the bringing together or connecting of things. It is the act of combining or adding parts to make a unified whole. As such it can be defined as the opposite from...

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Interdependence

Interdependence Interdependence is one of the central concepts within systems theory in that most definitions for a system involve the idea of interdependency between a set of parts. Indeed the...

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Relational Paradigm

Relational Paradigm Relational thinking is a way of seeing the world that places greater precedence on the relations or connections between entities rather than simply looking at those entities...

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Systems Differentiation

Integration and Differentiation Integration and differentiation represent two different stages during the evolution of a system. Differentiation is the process whereby an integrated system...

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Process Thinking

Process Thinking Process thinking or dynamic thinking is a way of interpreting events in terms of processes of change that create them. It focuses on the nonlinear dynamics of change over time...

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Paradigm Shift

Paradigm Shift The term paradigm describes a set of assumptions, concepts, values, and practices that constitute a way of viewing the world for the community that shares them, especially in an...

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Nonlinear Causality

Nonlinear Causality Nonlinear causality is a form of causation where cause and effect can flow in a bidirectional fashion between two or more elements or systems. The essential characteristic of...

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Linear Causality

Linear Causality Linear causality is a conception of causation as following a single, linear direction, i.e. event A causes effect B, while B has no demonstrable effect on A. This unidirectional...

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Causality

Causality Causality describes a relationship that exists between two or more things where a change in one thing – or set of things – causes a change in another. The essence of...

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Synthesis

Synthesis The word synthesis comes from the Greek word meaning “to put together.” Synthesis is a process of reasoning whereby we put disparate parts together to gain an understanding...

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Analysis

Analysis Analysis is a method of inquiry that proceeds by breaking a system down into its elementary parts, studying those parts in isolation and then forming a description of the whole system in...

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Holism & Reductionism

Holism and Reductionism Holism and reductionism represent two paradigms or worldviews within science and philosophy that provide fundamentally different accounts as how to best view, interpret...

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Systems Awareness

Systems Thinking Awareness Systems thinking is, in its most generalized sense, a way of seeing the world. Before anything it places great emphasis on the question of how do we see the world, that...

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The Systems Paradigm

A short film looking at some of the key themes within systems theory such as the debate surrounding reductionism and holism, the Newtonian paradigm and Systems Thinking. Systems thinking is what...