In response to the reflections of the reviewers

Gerard A.J.M. Jagers op Akkerhuis*

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Through their in-depth and multifaceted comments the authors of the review chapters contribute in a major way to the discussions about hierarchy and self-organisation raised by this book. On the one hand, the comments support the idea of using the Operator Hierarchy as a backbone for analysing organisation in nature, and as a new ontology in which the concept of the operator offers a new way of speaking about units/individuals. On the other hand, some reviewers highlight theoretic aspects that have not been explained with suffi cient clarity and ask questions about aspects that warrant further discussion. Both the affi rmative and the critical perspectives may further the acceptation and/or development of the Operator Theory. The following paragraphs highlight the major remarks of the reviewers, and offer a selection of answers to questions and responses to constructive criticism.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEvolution and Transitions in Complexity: The Science of Hierarchical Organization in Nature
PublisherSpringer International Publishing Switzerland
ISBN (Print)9783319438023, 9783319438016
Publication statusPublished - 2016


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