The Joker in the Box or The Theory Form of the System | Baecker (2002)

The Joker in the Box or The Theory Form of the System Dirk Baecker

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 The Joker in the Box or The Theory Form of the System

Dirk Baeckerin: Cybernetics and Human Knowing 9 (2002), pp. 39-62 

ABSTRACT:

Compared with traditional theories, systems theory presents a deviation. It re-places causal explanation by functional explanation. This paper shows what scandalon is in-herent in this substitution and elucidates some models (self-organization, dance, non-triviality, structural coupling) which put the explanatory principle to work. The paper con-cludes by showing how systems theory aims at a general concept of communication that notonly means a passing on of knowledge but above all the tracing of ignorance. Overall, sys-tems theory is presented as a joker dealing with the paradox that the system is never identicalto itself as soon as it is considered as a function of itself and its environment. The system hasto withdraw into the function it is a function of in order to enfold this paradox