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Systems in Social Theory

March 2, 2017

There are no easy definitions of systems. Earlier definitions, such as elements constituting a whole, structures performing functions demanded (or at least tolerated) by a whole, or boundaries open with respect to energy and closed with respect to information, all involve a certain degree of ontological thinking, which suggests that systems are indeed out there. In social theory, however, dealing with systems means dealing with issues of ambiguous or equivocal communication.

Read on… University of Chicago Press

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  1. “There are no easy definitions of systems.”? Inverted Wittgenstein: System ist die Möglichkeit der Struktur. Und was ist mit unserer Rolle bei der Kokreation mehr oder minder gefakter Wirklichkeiten? > Nur mögliche Entscheidungen können getroffen werden! Bedeutet praktisch: Je wahrscheinlicher eine Entscheidung ist, die wir im strukturell verfassten = in-formierten Möglichkeitsraum aller möglichen Entscheidungen treffen, desto weniger haben wir den Eindruck eine Entscheidung zu treffen. Zumindest kann man es so sehen:-)

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