Edgar Morin: La Méthode [The Method]

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La Méthode is a six-volume work by the French sociologist and philosopher Edgar Morin. Published over the period 1977-2004, the principal question it sets out to answer is “how are beings organized?” Drawing primarily on cybernetics and systems theory, La Méthode puts forward an original theory of the organization of physical beings, which progressively gains in complexity as Morin introduces various other beings – living beings, humans, societies, ideas, etc. – into his argument. The “Method” referred to in the title does not imply any sort of programme or methodology that can thereafter be simply carried out: the method of “complexity” – a term with …

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Citation:
Dicks, Henry. "La Méthode". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 03 September 2012
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