STU Professor Publishes Work on Systems Theory

Dec 19, 2013, 16:17 ET from St. Thomas University

MIAMI, Fla., Dec. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Dr. Darrell Arnold, Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Institute for World Languages and Cultures at St. Thomas University, has published an edited volume with Routledge, Traditions of Systems Theory: Major Figures and Contemporary Developments. Hans-Georg Moeller, of University College Cork, Ireland, notes that the book "provides a state-of-the-art survey of the increasingly influential and fascinating field of systems theory. It is a highly useful resource for a wide range of disciplines and contributes significantly to bringing together current trends in the sciences and the humanities." The book includes 17 articles from leading theoreticians in the field, including pieces by Ranulph Glanville, the President of the American Society of Cybernetics, as well as Debora Hammond, the former President of the International Society for Systems Sciences. It is the first comprehensive edited volume in English on the major and countervailing developments within systems theory.


Dr. Arnold writes on 19th century German philosophy, contemporary social theory, as well as technology and globalization, with a focus on how these areas relate to the environmental problematic. He has translated numerous books from German, including C. Mantzavinos's Naturalistic Hermeneutics (Cambridge UP) and Matthias Vogel's Media of Reason (Columbia UP). Dr. Arnold is also editor-in-chief of the Humanities and Technology Review.

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Table of contents

Chapter One: Systems Theory: A Secret History of the 20th Century

Darrell P. Arnold

Section One: Early Developments and Their Continued Repercussions

Section One Introduction

Chapter Two: The Persistence of Information Theory

Philipp Schweighauser

Chapter Three: Cybernetics: Thinking Through the Technology

Ranulph Glanville

Chapter Four: Expanding the Self-Referential Paradox: The Macy Conferences and the Second Wave of Cybernetic Thinking

John Bruni

Chapter Five: The Hermeneutical System of General Systemology: Bertalanffian and Other Early Contributions to Its Foundations and Development

David Pouvreau

Chapter Six: The Ethics of Epistemology: The Work of the Constructivist and Cybernetician Heinz von Foerster, From the Vienna Circle to the Cybernetic Circle

Bernhard Pörksen

Chapter Seven: Maturana and Varela: From Autopoiesis to Systems Applications 

Bob Mugerauer

Chapter Eight: Eugene Odum and the Homeostatic Ecosystem: the Resilience of an Idea

Joel Hagen

Section Two: Systems Thinking in Sociology

Section Two Introduction

Chapter Nine: Talcott Parsons: A Sociological Theory of Action Systems

Bettina Mahlert

Chapter Ten: Luhmann: Three Key Concepts, System, Meaning, Autopoiesis

Walter Reese-Schäfer

Chapter Eleven: Systems Historicized: Wallerstein's World-Systems Analysis

W.L. Goldfrank

Section Three: Further Contemporary Developments

Section Three Introduction

Chapter Twelve: Systems Theories and Literary Studies

Andrew McMurry

Chapter Thirteen: Systems Heuristics and Digital Culture

Raphael Sassower and Nimrod Bar-Am

Chapter Fourteen: A Brief Outline of Evolutionary Cultural Ecology

Peter Finke

Chapter Fifteen: Prigogine: The Interplay of Cosmos, Complexity, and Culture

Dorothea Olkowski

Chapter Sixteen: Systems Theory and Practice in Organizational Change and Development

Debora Hammond

Chapter Seventeen: Systems, Tools, and Bateson's Cybernetics: A Joint Metalogue

Nora Bateson and Phillip Guddemi

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