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The Cybernetic “General Model Theory” : unifying science or epistemic change?


Hof, Barbara E (2018). The Cybernetic “General Model Theory” : unifying science or epistemic change? Perspectives on Science: Historical, Philosophical, Social, 26(1):76-96.

Abstract

With the marginalization of cybernetics, efforts to develop a universal epistemological method ceased as well. But the question remains open as to whether cybernetics contributed to the reconceptualization of the model and the popularity of scientific modeling since the mid-twentieth century. The present study approaches this question using the example of the general model theory of the German cyberneticist Herbert Stachowiak. Although this theory failed to produce a unifying and common model concept, its characteristics point toward a change in epistemological positions that is important for today’s scientific practice and also anticipated recent developments in the philosophy of science.

Abstract

With the marginalization of cybernetics, efforts to develop a universal epistemological method ceased as well. But the question remains open as to whether cybernetics contributed to the reconceptualization of the model and the popularity of scientific modeling since the mid-twentieth century. The present study approaches this question using the example of the general model theory of the German cyberneticist Herbert Stachowiak. Although this theory failed to produce a unifying and common model concept, its characteristics point toward a change in epistemological positions that is important for today’s scientific practice and also anticipated recent developments in the philosophy of science.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Education
Dewey Decimal Classification:370 Education
Language:English
Date:1 February 2018
Deposited On:09 Apr 2018 12:45
Last Modified:02 Aug 2018 00:00
Publisher:MIT Press
ISSN:1063-6145
OA Status:Green
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1162/POSC_a_00268
Related URLs:https://www.recherche-portal.ch/ZAD:default_scope:ebi01_prod010693942 (Library Catalogue)

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