Scientific Principles for General Systemology

  • David Rousseau
  • Jennifer Wilby
  • Julie Billingham
  • Stefan Blachfellner
Part of the Translational Systems Sciences book series (TSS, volume 13)


In this chapter, we develop a detailed discussion about the nature and evolution of general principles in science, how they relate to worldviews, laws, theories and theoretical virtues. We then apply this analysis to systems principles, to develop strategies for deriving general scientific systems principles. By applying these insights and also the conclusions from previous chapters we then present work done to discover three general scientific systems principles, and discuss some of the practical implications of these principles.


Heuristic systems principles Scientific systems principles The PLT model The conservation of properties principle The principle of universal interdependence The principle of complexity dominance 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • David Rousseau
    • 1
  • Jennifer Wilby
    • 2
  • Julie Billingham
    • 1
  • Stefan Blachfellner
    • 3
  1. 1.Centre for Systems PhilosophyAddlestoneUK
  2. 2.Centre for Systems Studies, University of HullKingston upon HullUK
  3. 3.Bertalanffy Center for the Study of Systems ScienceViennaAustria

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