Systemics of Incompleteness and Quasi-Systems

  • Gianfranco Minati
  • Mario R. Abram
  • Eliano Pessa

Part of the Contemporary Systems Thinking book series (CST)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxix
  2. Opening Lectures

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Giuseppe Longo
      Pages 3-55
    3. Lucia Urbani Ulivi
      Pages 57-73
  3. Models of Incompleteness and Quasiness

  4. The Concept of Incompleteness and Quasiness in Science and Philosophy

  5. Incompleteness and Quasiness in Post-Bertalanffy Systemics Complexity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 161-161
    2. Andrea Roli, Marco Villani, Roberto Serra
      Pages 171-178
  6. Incompleteness and Quasiness in Social Systems

  7. Emergence, Quasiness and Incompleteness: Maintaining, Crises and Degeneration in Emergence Phenomena

About this book


This book contains the proceedings of the Seventh National Conference of the Italian Systems Society. The title, Systemics of Incompleteness and Quasi-Systems, aims to underline the need for Systemics and Systems Science to deal with the concepts of incompleteness and quasiness. Classical models of Systemics are intended to represent comprehensive aspects of phenomena and processes. They consider the phenomena in their temporal and spatial completeness. In these cases, possible incompleteness in the modelling is assumed to have a provisional or practical nature, which is still under study, and because there is no theoretical reason why the modelling cannot be complete. In principle, this is a matter of non-complex phenomena, to be considered using the concepts of the First Systemics.

When dealing with emergence, there are phenomena which must be modelled by systems having multiple models, depending on the aspects being taken into consideration. Here, incompleteness in the modelling is intrinsic, theoretically relating changes in properties, structures, and status of system. Rather than consider the same system parametrically changing over time, we consider sequences of systems coherently. We consider contexts and processes for which modelling is incomplete, being related to only some properties, as well as those for which such modelling is theoretically incomplete—as in the case of processes of emergence and for approaches considered by the Second Systemics. In this regard, we consider here the generic concept of quasi explicating such incompleteness. The concept of quasi is used in various disciplines including quasi-crystals, quasi-particles, quasi-electric fields, and quasi-periodicity. 

In general, the concept of quasiness for systems concerns their continuous structural changes which are always meta-stable, waiting for events to collapse over other configurations and possible forms of stability; whose equivalence depends on the type of phenomenon under study. Interest in the concept of quasiness is not related to its meaning of rough approximation, but because it indicates an incompleteness which is structurally sufficient to accommodate processes of emergence and sustain coherence or generate new, equivalent or non-equivalent, levels.

The conference was devoted to identifying, discussing and understanding possible interrelationships of theoretical disciplinary improvements, recognised as having prospective fundamental roles for a new Quasi-Systemics. The latter should be able to deal with problems related to complexity in more general and realistic ways, when a system is not always a system and not always the same system. In this context, the inter-disciplinarity should consist, for instance, of a constructionist, incomplete, non-ideological, multiple, contradiction-tolerant, Systemics, always in progress, and in its turn, emergent.


Systemics Quasi-Systems Quasiness Quasinetworks Emergence Phenomena Incompleteness Systems Science Network Science Complexity Post-Bertalanffy Systemics

Editors and affiliations

  • Gianfranco Minati
    • 1
  • Mario R. Abram
    • 2
  • Eliano Pessa
    • 3
  1. 1.AIRS / Italian Systems SocietyMilanoItaly
  2. 2.AIRS / Italian Systems SocietyMilanoItaly
  3. 3.Department of Brain and Behavioral ScienceUniversity of PaviaPaviaItaly

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