Societies as Replicative Component-Systems

Gyŏrgy Kampis, Vilmos Csanyi

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In this paper the problem of the selection of suitable objects of analysis is considered. A general discussion of methodological problems is given. Two prevailing schemes for the conceptualization of objects, atomism and field theory, are reviewed. A third alternative is offered, developed by the authors under the name of component-systems. A component-system is characterized by changing sets of components and component-producing processes. A description of the behavioral and methodological peculiarities of component-systems is given. The idea that societies are component-systems is developed and some implications of this conception are shown. These include statements on mechanisms of stability and change. On this basis the authors endeavor to explain the meaning of “societal freedom” and the limits of societal design policies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25-41
Number of pages17
JournalWorld Futures
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1 1992


  • component system
  • constraints
  • epistemology methodology
  • information
  • organization
  • replication
  • social science
  • stability
  • transition

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy

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