Publication year: 2006
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This book provides a thorough evaluation of the philosophy of systems, ending up with an introduction to multimethodology and its application in real situations. This wide-ranging book deals, in a detailed and scholarly way, with the contribution of a systems approach to a range of disciplines from philosophy and biology to social theory and management. It weaves together material from some of the pre-eminent thinkers of the day — Maturana, Varela, Bateson, Merleau-Ponty, Checkland, Giddens, Habermas, Bhaskar, and Luhmann — to create a coherent path from the most fundamental work on philosophical issues of ontology and epistemology through specific domains of knowledge about the nature of information and meaning, human communication, and social intervention right up to the implications of these theoretical developments for action and intervention in real-world affairs.