Epistemic Uncertainty and Complexity Theories

Thursday, 14 July 2016: 10:45-12:15
Location: Hörsaal 15 (Juridicum)
RC51 Sociocybernetics (host committee)

Language: English

The theoretical reflection on Complexity has always followed two main streams: Complexity has been either a philosophical notion for defining what society is and how it works or a tool for collecting and interpreting empirical data. 
This session will carry out a reflection on the current state of the art in the studies on Complexity, trying to understand if this division theory-empirical data is still in progress or if other epistemic approaches are emerging. 
Within this framework, an issue of Complex thought appears to be crucial in the current times for both theory and empirical research: uncertainty. Lots of pages are devoted, in the debate literature, to the limits of science and rationality in understanding the world and foreseeing its future conditions; furthermore, in the current times incertitude is involving not only scientists but also the other categories of social actors in the everyday life.
Thus, this session will highlight the contributions that Theories of Complexity can provide to face this general lack of cognitive references: can they provide other, more sophisticated keys for interpreting reality than the traditional ones? Or will they just consist of a tool for elaborating strategies of management of that uncertainty, which might appear as an unavoidable condition in all domains of the social life?
Session Organizer:
Andrea PITASI, World Complexity Science Academy, Italy
Andrea PITASI, Gabriele D'Annunzio University, Italy
Determinism and Unpredictability in Social Systems: Can Law Engender Development?
Andre FOLLONI, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná, Brazil
The Notion of ‘Phase Transition' in the Social Science
Massimiliano RUZZEDDU, University Niccolo Cusano Rome, Italy
Complexity and New Media Representations
Ivo Stefano GERMANO, University of Molise, Italy; Giorgio PORCELLI, University of Trieste, Italy
Visualizing Complex Global Change
Andrea PITASI, Gabriele D'Annunzio University, Italy
Navigating the Sea of Epistemic Uncertainty in a World of Complexity
Ton JÖRG, University of Utrecht, Netherlands
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