I read this book primarily through an interest in the philosophy of language.
In his book Paul Cilliers explores various aspects of complex systems, in particular self-organization and capacity to reflect the external world.
On p. 8: "In classical mechanics, time was reversible, and therefore not part of the equation. In thermodynamics time plays a vital role."
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This book has got my attention by the recommendation of a friend, from South-Africa, pointing to a certain author living in South-Africa. Read more
Disclaimer: I'm not a philosopher, nor am I a physicist, so I can't really appreciate merits of harsh reviews from these perspectives on American Amazon. Read morePublished on October 18, 2011 by Igor Lobanov
Cilliers does an excellent job to bring together difficult concepts. One or two reviewers come up with issues around time and thermodynamics: let's just say that entropy (central... Read morePublished on August 27, 2006 by J. H. S. Roodt
... in spite of the appearance of the reviews associated with this work and the work itself, there is a valid connection between postmodernism and (let me be patient! Read morePublished on December 7, 2002
Frankly, I'm astonished by some of the favorable reviews this book has received. First of all, I still haven't figured out if this really is a book or if it's a collection of... Read morePublished on July 31, 2002 by Bradd E. Libby
The book combines elements of different philosophies: post-modernism, structuralism, and deconstruction. Read morePublished on August 7, 2001 by unraveler