Werner Erhard – Epistemological And Contextual Contributions of est to General Systems Theory (1976)

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Werner Erhard – Epistemological And Contextual Contributions of est to General Systems Theory
Epistemological And Contextual Contributions of est to General Systems Theory
Presented to the symposium on Evolving Trends in General Systems Theory and the Future of the Family at the Sixth World Congress of Social Psychiatry, Opatija, Yugoslavia, 5 October 1976Werner Erhard and Victor GiosciaABSTRACT: In recent communications with members of the scientific community, I have become increasingly aware of parallels and convergences between what might be called the “theory of est” (its ontology, its epistemology, its psychology) and developments in cybernetics (Pask, von Foerster, Varela, et.al.), ecology (Bateson et.al.), and general systems theory (Bertalanffy, et. al.)The purpose of this paper is to point out some of these parallels and convergences, and to state as clearly and as concisely as possible how these may be said to be epistemological and contextual contributions.The paper will do so under the following general headings:1. Self as context
2. The notion of responsibility
3. Cognitive homeostasis
4. Abstraction
5. Systems of knowing: the relation of abstraction, experience and concept

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