A Systems View Of Man

1st Edition

Ludwig von Bertalanffy

Routledge
Published June 7, 2019
Reference - 200 Pages
ISBN 9780367018474 - CAT# K404606

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Summary

What does it mean to be human? What distinguishes man from other animals? “Man’s creation of the universe of symbols,†replies Ludwig von Bertalanffy. “Man lives in a world not of things, but of symbols.†Dr. von Bertalanffy explores the historical development of symbolic language, examines the nature of human values, and shows how a current breakdown of symbolic universes contributes to the feeling of meaninglessness so prevalent in modern society. He notes that a major portion of mankind’s aggressive acts are not biologically induced but arise within symbolic frameworks.

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