A co-generic perspective on problems involving a shift between systems' different levels of analysis

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Abstract

A co-generic system is characterized by having processes, rather than entities, as its components. The aim of this paper is to present the concept of a co-generic system, elaborate upon its unique properties and demonstrate its power as an alternative epistemology for the study of non-mechanistic systems. By describing the unique properties of process-laden systems - co-generic systems - I aim to illustrate the simple and elegant basic process which is responsible for the shift between different logical levels of analysis, a shift which is evident in the emergence of higher order forms out of basic units. In this context, special emphasis is given to Gregory Bateson's theory.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)111-118
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of General Systems
Volume31
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Apr 2002

Keywords

  • Bateson
  • Co-generic logic
  • Levels of analysis
  • Recursive hierarchy
  • Russell's paradox
  • Systems and epistemology

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