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Subject: [sigchairs] where were we going?
Starting from my contribution to the ISSS-Conference of 2000 (Conference CD, #45), I
consider systems science as an instrument of networking the specialized disciplines on a
holistic basis. For the realization of any concrete projects in the real world, like striving
towards sustainability in any given local community, system science depends on
cooperation with the specialized disciplines. This raises three problems:
What is the “coherent philosophical perspective” (Midgley, 1998, 2) that allows for both
the “unity of Science” and the multitude of diciplinary approaches and methodologies ?
How is the cooperation organized ?
Are there any other scientific approaches that compete with systems science for this
networking task ?