Topic: Complex Systems
Emerging simultaneously in a number of disciplines of the natural and social sciences, the study of "complex systems" provides metaphors and potentiallly general laws relevant in an enormous variety of contexts. This forum is for discussion of thoughts arising from and extending materials in Serendip's Complex Systems section. Comments entered here will be automatically posted. Comments not meant to be posted can be sent by Serendip.
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Name: Paul Grobstein
Date: Fri Oct 29 11:50:09 EDT 1999
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Date: Sat Aug 4 01:21:55 EDT 2001
I have identified the source of our obligation and have said that we are obligated to accept, and even to call forth, the feeling "I must." But what exactly must I do? Can my obligation be set forth in a list or hierarchy of principles? So far, it seems that I am obligated to maintain an attitude and, thus to meet the other as one-caring and, at the same time, to increase my own virtue as one-caring. If I am advocating an ethic of virtue, do not all the usual dangers lie in wait? (C) writinlifer
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