The Supply of Concepts

Hardcover | June 1, 1989

byIrving Silverman

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The Supply of Concepts achieves a major breakthrough in the general theory of systems. It unfolds "a theory of everything" that steps beyond Physics' theory of the same name. The author unites all knowledge by including not only the natural but also the philosophical and theological universes of discourse. The general systems model presented here resembles an organizational flow chart that represents conceptual positions within any type of system and shows how the parts are connected hierarchically for communication and control. Analyzing many types of systems in various branches of learned discourse, the model demonstrates how any system type manages to maintain itself true to type. The concepts thus generated form a network that serves as a storehouse for the supply of concepts in learned discourse. Partial to the use of analogies, Irving Silverman presents his thesis in an easy-to-read style, "explaining a way of thinking that he has found useful." This book will be of particular interest to the specialist in systems theory, philosophy, linguistics, and the social sciences. Irving Silverman applies his general systems model to 22 system types and presents rationales for these analyses. He provides the reader with a method, and a way to apply that method; a theory of knowledge derived from the method; and a practical outlook based on a "comprehensive" approach. Chapters include: Minding the Storehouse; Standing Together; The Cognitive Contract; The Ecological Contract; The Social Contract; The Semantic Terrain.

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The Supply of Concepts achieves a major breakthrough in the general theory of systems. It unfolds "a theory of everything" that steps beyond Physics' theory of the same name. The author unites all knowledge by including not only the natural but also the philosophical and theological universes of discourse. The general systems model pre...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:197 pages, 9.41 × 7.24 × 0.98 inPublished:June 1, 1989Publisher:Praeger Publishers

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ISBN - 10:0275932753

ISBN - 13:9780275932756

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