Topology and Object Formation

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Drawing on the Luhmannian reading of objects as self-referential constructs, this theoretical reflection explores some possible synergies between topological thinking and Social Systems theory, in order to account on the issue of object formation from a spatial perspective. By discussing the dynamics between different modes of observing and the emergence of systems’ functions, I argue that the operative space of systems, mobilised as a communication medium, channels the emergence of particular object configurations, while obstructing others. I elaborate on this perspective to provide a possible way of addressing the interplay between objects and the operative space of systems, through a topological understanding of observation. There is a brief conclusion pointing to the main challenges and potential of further developing these ideas.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEvolutionary Governance Theory: Theory and Applications
EditorsR. Raoul, K. van Assche, M. Duineveld
Place of PublicationCham
Number of pages348
ISBN (Print)9783319122731
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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