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Metaphors and Allegory in the Origins of Systems Ecology

in Unruly Complexity

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print September 2005 | ISBN: 9780226790350
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226790398 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226790398.003.0003
Metaphors and Allegory in the Origins of Systems Ecology

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This chapter presents a correlation-producing mechanism for the possibility that incorporates the specifics of a scientist's practice. A strand of the study of ecological complexity—namely, systems ecology—developed mostly after World War II. The chapter presents a vignette from the Great Depression, but centers on the social and technical changes during and after the war, against which background the social–personal–scientific correlations in Howard T. Odum's pioneering work in systems ecology during the 1950s and 1960s have also been identified. This case allows proposing a means through which the sociality of science can have a systematic effect on its referentiality.

Keywords: ecological complexity; systems ecology; Great Depression; Howard T. Odum

Chapter.  15878 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy of Science

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