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Systems 2017, 5(1), 15; doi:10.3390/systems5010015

Transdisciplinarity Needs Systemism

Bertalanffy Center for the Study of Systems Science; Paulanergasse 13, 1040 Vienna, Austria,
Academic Editors: Gianfranco Minati, Eliano Pessa and Ignazio Licata
Received: 1 November 2016 / Revised: 2 February 2017 / Accepted: 10 February 2017 / Published: 16 February 2017
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The main message of this paper is that systemism is best suited for transdisciplinary studies. A description of disciplinary sciences, transdisciplinary sciences and systems sciences is given, along with their different definitions of aims, scope and tools. The rationale for transdisciplinarity is global challenges, which are complex. The rationale for systemism is the concretization of understanding complexity. Drawing upon Ludwig von Bertalanffy’s intention of a General System Theory, three items deserve attention—the world-view of a synergistic systems technology, the world picture of an emergentist systems theory, and the way of thinking of an integrationist systems method. View Full-Text
Keywords: systems thinking; systems science; systems practice; way of thinking; world picture; world-view; integrationism; emergentism; synergism systems thinking; systems science; systems practice; way of thinking; world picture; world-view; integrationism; emergentism; synergism

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