A SIGGS Information Theoretic Characterization of Qualitative Knowing: Cybernetic and SIGGS Theory Models

  • M. L. Estep


This paper develops a SIGGS information theoretic characterization of qualitative knowing, so as to render explicit the real and possible limitations on what are generally categorized as cybernetic models in their use for theorizing about epistemic states of affairs. I focus upon qualitative knowing, defined as the set of formal epistemological conditions possible to obtain of a person or persons, consisting of subsets of kinds of sensitive cognitive awareness of unique properties (qualities) of persons, events, or objects. I argue the necessity of utilizing an ‘open’ general system theory model as SIGGS to adequately characterize such knowing.

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© The World Organisation of General Systems and Cybernetics 1978

Authors and Affiliations

  • M. L. Estep
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  1. 1.College of Multidisciplinary Studies, Division of EducationThe University of Texas at San AntonioSan AntonioUSA

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