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ERIC Number: EJ1021353
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 19
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1857
Complexity and Relations
Lancaster, Jeanette Elizabeth
Educational Philosophy and Theory, v45 n12 spec iss p1264-1275 2013
A central feature of complexity is that it is based on non-linear, recursive relations. However, in most current accounts of complexity such relations, while non-linear, are based on the reductive relations of a Newtonian onto-epistemological framework. This means that the systems that are emergent from the workings of such relations are a narrowly reduced spectrum of complex systems. It is argued that John Dewey's trans-actional relations, relations that are characterized by an irreducible internal distinction, can function as an exemplar of the less reductive relations seen in living complex systems. Conceptualizing complex relations and complex systems in a less reductive way allows indeterminate concepts such as epistemological limits and the generative production of meaning, which are inextricably linked, to be considered. Methodologically, such lessened reduction highlights functional systems, revealing aspects of the biopsychosocial human "complex system of complex systems" that are hidden from view in a Newtonian framework.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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