Systems and Organizations: Theoretical Tools, Conceptual Distinctions and Epistemological Implications [chapter]

Leonardo Bich
2015 Towards a Post-Bertalanffy Systemics  
The aim of this paper is to present some system-theoretical notions ─ such as constraint, closure, integration, coordination, etc. ─ which have recently raised a renovated interest and have undergone a deep development, especially in those branches of philosophy of biology characterized by a systemic approach. The implications of these notions for the analysis and characterization of self-maintaining organizations will be discussed with the aid of examples taken from models of minimal living
more » ... tems, and some conceptual distinctions will be provided. In the last part of the paper the epistemic implications of these ideas will be presented.
doi:10.1007/978-3-319-24391-7_21 fatcat:33ngijpmhrh6jb75mhxskcbttu