Generalization and Systemic Epistemology: Why should it Make Sense?

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Title Generalization and Systemic Epistemology: Why should it Make Sense?
Author Houghton, Luke
Journal Name Systems Research and Behavioral Science
Editor Amanda Gregory
Year Published 2009
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
Abstract This paper argues that true 'systemic' epistemology should reveal multiple perspectives, conflicting realities and various other contexts due to its inherent pluralistic nature. Therefore, generalization in systems research occurs not across one linear conceptual framework but across the variety of nonlinear, conflicting, dialectal 'realities'. It is therefore a misunderstanding of systems research to search for linear, singular and non-conflicting versions of events as though there is one overarching 'mega concept' that will explain world events. The paper presents the hallmarks of a systemic epistemology. Using an example the nature of a systems epistemology is demonstrated and explained. The paper concludes that a 'systemic' epistemology is one that should reflect a 'systemic' reality.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/sres.929
Volume 26
Issue Number 1
Page from 99
Page to 108
ISSN 1092-7026
Date Accessioned 2009-06-16
Language en_AU
Research Centre Institute for Integrated and Intelligent Systems
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject Social Change
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/28462
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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