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Rubino Co-Authors New Book, Emergence, Complexity, and Self-Organization: Precursors and Prototypes

Posted May 16, 2008
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Carl A. Rubino, the Edward North Professor of Classics, together with Alicia Juarrero, the author of Dynamics in Action: Intentional Behavior as a Complex System (MIT Press, 1999), is the editor of a new book titled Emergence, Complexity, and Self-Organization: Precursors and Prototypes (ISCE Publishing, May 2008).

Emergence, complexity and self-organization have become issues of interest not only in science and philosophy but also in the worlds of business and politics. Rubino and Juarrero present a series of essays by thinkers who anticipated the significance of those issues and laid the foundations for their current importance. Readers will encounter Immanuel Kant, John Stuart Mill, Charles Saunders Peirce, Henry Poincaré, Henri Bergson, Alfred North Whitehead and the British "Emergentists" Samuel Alexander, C. Lloyd Morgan and C. D. Broad. The collection also includes essays by the South African thinker and politician Jan Smuts, the American philosopher Arthur Lovejoy, the eminent physicist Erwin Schrödinger, two more recent thinkers on emergence, P. E. Meehl and Wilfred Sellars and Ludwig von Bertalanffy, one of the founders of General Systems Theory.

In their comprehensive introduction to the collection, Rubino and Juarrero set the essays in contexts stretching from Heraclitus, Parmenides, Plato, Aristotle and Hegel to some of the religious, scientific and philosophical challenges we face today.

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