Ludwig von Bertalanffy Quote

Today our main problem is that of organized complexity. Concepts like those of organization, wholeness, directiveness, teleology, control, self-regulation, differentiation and the like are alien to conventional physics. However, they pop up everywhere in the biological, behavioural and social sciences, and are, in fact, indispensable for dealing with living organisms or social groups. Thus, a basic problem posed to modern science is a general theory of organization.


Von Bertalanffy (1956) "General System Theory". In: General Systems, Yearbook of the Society for General Systems Research, vol. 1, 1956.

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Today our main problem is that of organized complexity. Concepts like those of organization, wholeness, directiveness, teleology, control,...

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Today our main problem is that of organized complexity. Concepts like those of organization, wholeness, directiveness, teleology, control,...

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Today our main problem is that of organized complexity. Concepts like those of organization, wholeness, directiveness, teleology, control,...

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Today our main problem is that of organized complexity. Concepts like those of organization, wholeness, directiveness, teleology, control,...