On Complexity (Advances in Systems Theory, Complexity, and the Human Sciences)
In this extremely valuable volume of essays Morin turns his attention to the technical and philosophical underpinnings of complexity theory and applies it to a wide-ranging number of issues. These essays will certainly stimulate the critical debate within complexity circles, but is also essential reading for anybody interested in our complex world and how to live in it.
About "On Complexity"
By Bill McConnell "Bill McConnell" - August 6, 2008
Edgar Morin is one of the most prestigious figures in French, and indeed European, culture. Giovanni Reale, Author A History of Ancient Philosophy, Professor, Università San Raffaele, Milan, Italy
Edgar Morin is a person with a deep understanding of the social and historical aspects of human life. This understanding is the source of his concern and reflections on epistemology and complex systems. It is also the reason that what he says in those domains deserves to be read carefully. Humberto Maturana Romesin, Instituto de Formacion Matriztica, Co-author, The Tree of Knowledge.
I have not been this excited about anything rooted in general system theory since reading von Bertalanffy and Boulding many years ago. As one invested in interpretive epistemology and related methodologies, I had all but given up any hope of inspiration from this quarter. But Edgar Morin has changed all that with this marvelous book. Not only does he reinvigorate general... read more
Thank you Creative Universe for bringing this book into my Life - May it enter YOURS!
By Griot Lover - October 18, 2011
I am a 50 year old employee of the New York City Department of Education. As I write this review the Occupy Wall Street Movement is gaining world wide attention. There is a call for a "list of demands". So many are so desperate to find a logical and "ordered" way of having the youth of the world put into words their disillusionment with the ways in which reality is described - particularly by the ruling elite, the wealthy few and all those who cower in silent complicity.
My own education, awakening (if you will) has not been easy. It's still going on. Every day I'm discovering the world is far, far different than I thought/think it is. To live in this increasingly complex and ever-changing world I must be able to engage and sustain things that I consider myself - even at half a century years old - a beginner at: dialogue, listening, moving from my position, maintaining an open heart and open mind, having the willingness to let go of my attachment to reality and my... read more
By Beatrice Zamora - August 16, 2010
I have never had the chance to read Morin's work, even though at college is a well-known philosopher. Now that I've been reading a lot of books concerning Education, much of the writters, philosophers, educators, sociologists, refer to Morin so I bought, for starters, this book. The complex paradox explained by Morin is simply stunning and I just couldn't stop reading the book. For people who is curious to understand the complexity of the human beings, and in life itself, has to read this. My intention is to keep reading Morin.
The selected papers in this volume cover all the most important areas of ring theory and module theory such as classical ring theory, representation theory, the theory of quantum groups, the theory ...