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The Ideal of Unity and the Practice of Pluralism in Systems Science

  • Gerald Midgley

Abstract

A number of authors have written about a crisis in systems science. All through the 1980s, the systems community was riven by a paradigmatic war between “hard” and “soft” thinking, each of these paradigms taking a different line on methodology. A need was therefore identified for an open and conciliatory approach that could bring competing systems practitioners together (see, e.g., Jackson, 1987, and Flood, 1989).

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System Science Disciplinary Science Rational Argumentation Disciplinary Boundary Soft System Methodology 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • Gerald Midgley
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre for Systems StudiesUniversity of HullHullEngland

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