Complexity, Multi-Disciplinarity, and Beyond (American University Studies #193) (Hardcover)

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Complexity, Multi-Disciplinarity, and Beyond addresses the issue of complexity mainly in the fields of humanities and social sciences. It is a continuation of Interdisciplinarity: Toward the Definition of a Metadiscipline? (Lang, 2001) in which the main question is related to the role of interdisciplinarity and disciplinarian thinking in confronting complexity in general. The present book focuses on complexity in the humanities but also revisits some of the ideas brought forth in Interdisciplinarity, concerning the limitations of disciplinarian thinking and interdisciplinarity in their confrontations with complexity. The development of conceptual tools, as well as theories and models for complexity outside the realm of hard sciences, is still in its infancy. Nevertheless, it is essential to learn to cope with complexity, and every effort in this area must be encouraged.

About the Author

The Author: Michael Finkenthal is the author of several books and many articles on various subjects related to literary, philosophical, and scientific matters. His present work on complexity in humanities and social sciences was very much informed by his long-standing research of the exceedingly complex media of hot, laboratory, and astrophysical plasmas.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780820457352
ISBN-10: 0820457353
Publisher: Peter Lang Inc., International Academic Publi
Publication Date: March 3rd, 2008
Pages: 136
Language: English
Series: American University Studies