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5-1-2020

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Alexander Bogdanov, a Russian physicist, philosopher of science, and Old Bolshevik who strove to devolve scientific knowledge from its rarified perch amongst the 'intelligentsiya' to the level of mass engagement originated what has since been developed into systems theory. The conjuncture between Bogdanov's Tektology (meaning, roughly, "the universal science of organization", which was later developed into the field of cybernetics and complexity theory) and a universalizable approach to ecology is a fecund terrain containing, this presentation will argue, the seeds of a revolutionary approach to the existential impasses of the Anthropocene-- those interposed amongst social formations as well as those emergent from the "metabolic rift" between society and nature. This paper will present the novel research into and translation of Bogdanov's ontological and natural-scientific works, with particular emphasis on his opus, Tektology, and will demonstrate the practicability, explanatory power, and, indeed, the necessity of interrogating the interpenetrating fields of universal emergent properties of complex systems and the challenge of charting a path to an ecologically sustainable (not to say survivable) mode of social organization. Among the topics most closely studied are Bogdanov's foundational principles and their establishment of the field of cybernetics; the ongoing work of the author in translating more of Bogdanov's philosophy and its application in the natural sciences in the intra-revolutionary period; and the possibility of incorporating his fusion of dialectics with organizational properties into a framework through which ecosocialist solutions to otherwise intractable environmental dilemmas can be thought and realized.

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May 1st, 12:00 AM

The Science that Will Save the World: Tektological Practice for the Coming Storm

Alexander Bogdanov, a Russian physicist, philosopher of science, and Old Bolshevik who strove to devolve scientific knowledge from its rarified perch amongst the 'intelligentsiya' to the level of mass engagement originated what has since been developed into systems theory. The conjuncture between Bogdanov's Tektology (meaning, roughly, "the universal science of organization", which was later developed into the field of cybernetics and complexity theory) and a universalizable approach to ecology is a fecund terrain containing, this presentation will argue, the seeds of a revolutionary approach to the existential impasses of the Anthropocene-- those interposed amongst social formations as well as those emergent from the "metabolic rift" between society and nature. This paper will present the novel research into and translation of Bogdanov's ontological and natural-scientific works, with particular emphasis on his opus, Tektology, and will demonstrate the practicability, explanatory power, and, indeed, the necessity of interrogating the interpenetrating fields of universal emergent properties of complex systems and the challenge of charting a path to an ecologically sustainable (not to say survivable) mode of social organization. Among the topics most closely studied are Bogdanov's foundational principles and their establishment of the field of cybernetics; the ongoing work of the author in translating more of Bogdanov's philosophy and its application in the natural sciences in the intra-revolutionary period; and the possibility of incorporating his fusion of dialectics with organizational properties into a framework through which ecosocialist solutions to otherwise intractable environmental dilemmas can be thought and realized.