The Evolutionary and Pluralistic Design Principles of the Social Systems in the Global Age -- Akira Tokuyasu, August 5, 2002

46th Annual Meeting of the International Society for the Systems Sciences (ISSS), Shanghai, P.R. China, August 2-6, 2002.

Monday, August 5, 2002, 2:25 p.m., Human Systems Inquiry Track

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Faculty of Social Sciences, Hosei University

In the global age, high diversity.

Normally, use the word "society" at a national level.

A matter of definition? It deals with the order of social integration.

The age of pluralism

Intermediary units in the global age.

Plurarity of meaning-value-spaces


Some mechanisms to control the process?

Contrast with Stuart Umpleby's paper. Is there a characteristic way of looking that compares against the American and European views?

Pluralism not all equal? Is there a hierarchy of better fit, or an alternative to all equal?


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