Basic Ideas of General Systems Theory

  • Lars Skyttner
Part of the Information Systems Series book series (INSYS)


Each body of theory has its implied assumptions or axioms which in reality are impossible to prove and hence must be accepted as value judgements. The underlying assumptions and premises of systems theory can be traced backward in history. The Greek philosopher, Aristotle (384–322 B.C.), presented a metaphysical vision of hierarchic order in nature — in his biological systematics. His finalistic, or teleological, natural philosophy represents a rather advanced systems thinking for the time.


Negative Feedback Living System Decision Unit Conceptual System General System Theory 
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© Lars Skyttner 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • Lars Skyttner
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  1. 1.University of Gävle/SandvikenSweden

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