Volume 8 · Number 1 · Pages 55–57
The Complexity of Environment in Social Systems Theory

Bernhard Freyer & Rebecca Louise Paxton

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Open peer commentary on the article “Observing Environments” by Hugo F. Alrøe & Egon Noe. Upshot: We discuss the environmental terminology of Jakob von Uexküll in the context of Alrøe Egon Noe’s reflections, and to examine more deeply the multi-perspectivity that arises from a combination of von Uexküll’s and Luhmann’s systems theories. The complexity yielded by an unpacking of the term “environment” sheds light on the difficulties in finding common understandings for solving wicked problems.


Freyer B. & Paxton R. L. (2012) The complexity of environment in social systems theory. Constructivist Foundations 8(1): 55–57. http://constructivist.info/8/1/055

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