Philosophy and Systems Thinking
A Mutual Synergy
By John Mingers
Published April 15th 2013 by Routledge – 224 pages
Series: Ontological Explorations
Philosophy and Systems Thinking seeks to re-address the whole question of philosophy and systems thinking for the twenty first century and provide a new work that would be of value to both systems and philosophy. This is a highly opportune time when different fields – critical realism, philosophy of science and systems thinking – are all developing around the same set of concepts and yet not realizing it. There is much of importance to be discussed and this book will prove accessible and valuable to both the systems thinking and philosophy communities.
1. Introduction, 2. Philosophical Foundations – Critical Realism, 3. Systems thinking and critical realism, 4. Mechanisms as a link between systems, CR and philosophy, 5. Epistemology of science and social science, 6. Methodology and multimethodology, 7.Knowledge, action and ethics, 8. Conclusions and future issues
John Mingers is Professor of Operational Research and Systems at Kent Business School, University of Kent. He is Deputy Director of the business school and Director of Research. He is a past Chair of the UK Systems Society and has been a member of the Council of the OR Society. John Mingers studied Management Sciences for his first degree at Warwick and later completed a Masters in Systems in Management at Lancaster University and a PhD at Warwick. He also worked in industry as a systems analyst and then as an OR analyst.