Soft Systems Methodology Retrospective Checkland 2000

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Although the history of thought reveals a number
of holistic thinkersÐ Aristotle, Marx, Husserl
among themÐ it was only in the 1950s that any
version of holistic thinking became institutionalized.
The kind of holistic thinking which
then came to the fore, and was the concern of a
newly created organization, was that which
makes explicit use of the concept of 'system', and
Soft Systems Methodology: A Thirty Year
Retrospectivea
Peter Checkland*
25 Pinewood Avenue, Bolton-le-Sands, Carnforth, Lancashire, LA5 8AR, UK
INTRODUCTION
Although the history of thought reveals a number
of holistic thinkersÐ Aristotle, Marx, Husserl
among themÐ it was only in the 1950s that any
version of holistic thinking became institutionalized.
The kind of holistic thinking which
then came to the fore, and was the concern of a
newly created organization, was that which
makes explicit use of the concept of `system', and
today it is `systems thinking' in its various forms
which would be taken to be the very paradigm
of thinking holistically. In 1954, as recounted in
Chapter 3 of Systems Thinking, Systems Practice,
only one kind of systems thinking was on the
table: the development of a mathematically
expressed general theory of systems. It was supposed
that this would provide a meta-level language
and theory in which the problems of many
different disciplines could be expressed and
solved; and it was hoped that doing this would
help to promote the unity of science.
These were the aspirations of the pioneers, but
looking back from 1999 we can see that the project
has not succeeded. The literature contains very
little of the kind of outcomes anticipated by the
founders of the Society for General Systems
Research; and scholars in the many subject areas
to which a holistic approach is relevant have been
understandably reluctant to see their pet subject
as simply one more example of some broader
`general system'!

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