From Collective Beings to Quasi-Systems

  • Gianfranco Minati
  • Eliano Pessa

Part of the Contemporary Systems Thinking book series (CST)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Gianfranco Minati, Eliano Pessa
    Pages 1-22
  3. Theoretical Issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 23-23
    2. Gianfranco Minati, Eliano Pessa
      Pages 25-62
    3. Gianfranco Minati, Eliano Pessa
      Pages 63-144
    4. Gianfranco Minati, Eliano Pessa
      Pages 145-185
    5. Gianfranco Minati, Eliano Pessa
      Pages 187-219
    6. Gianfranco Minati, Eliano Pessa
      Pages 221-251
    7. Gianfranco Minati, Eliano Pessa
      Pages 253-285
    8. Gianfranco Minati, Eliano Pessa
      Pages 287-302
  4. Translation into Social Culture

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 303-303
    2. Gianfranco Minati, Eliano Pessa
      Pages 305-325
    3. Gianfranco Minati, Eliano Pessa
      Pages 327-346
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 347-386

About this book


This book outlines a possible future theoretical perspective for systemics, its conceptual morphology and landscape while the Good-Old-Fashioned-Systemics (GOFS) era is still under way. The change from GOFS to future systemics can be represented, as shown in the book title, by the conceptual change from Collective Beings to Quasi-systems. With the current advancements, problems and approaches occurring in contemporary science, systemics are moving beyond the traditional frameworks used in the past. From Collective Beings to Coherent Quasi-Systems outlines a conceptual morphology and landscape for a new theoretical perspective for systemics introducing the concept of Quasi-systems. Advances in domains such as theoretical physics, philosophy of science, cell biology, neuroscience, experimental economics, network science and many others offer new concepts and technical tools to support the creation of a fully transdisciplinary General Theory of Change. This circumstance requires a deep reformulation of systemics, without forgetting the achievements of established conventions. 
The book is divided into two parts. Part I, examines classic systemic issues from new theoretical perspectives and approaches. A new general unified framework is introduced to help deal with topics such as dynamic structural coherence and Quasi-systems. This new theoretical framework is compared and contrasted with the traditional approaches. Part II focuses on the process of translation into social culture of the theoretical principles, models and approaches introduced in Part I. This translation is urgent in post-industrial societies where emergent processes and problems are still dealt with by using the classical or non-systemic knowledge of the industrial phase.


Cultural Translation Dynamic Coherence Non-equivalence Quasi-System Quasi-social Systems Structural Dynamics

Authors and affiliations

  • Gianfranco Minati
    • 1
  • Eliano Pessa
    • 2
  1. 1.Italian Systems SocietyMilanItaly
  2. 2.University of PaviaPaviaItaly

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Business and Management
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4939-7579-2
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4939-7581-5
  • Series Print ISSN 1568-2846
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