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The Evolutionary Dynamics of Discursive Knowledge

Communication-Theoretical Perspectives on an Empirical Philosophy of Science

by Loet Leydesdorff

The Evolutionary Dynamics of Discursive Knowledge

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This open book have three themes have been central to Leydesdorff's research: (1) the dynamics of science, technology, and innovation; (2) the scientometric operationalization of these concept; and (3) the elaboration in terms of a Triple Helix of university-industry-government relations. In this study, I discuss the relations among these themes. Using Luhmann's social-systems theory for modelling meaning processing and Shannon's theory for information processing, I show that synergy can add new options to an innovation system as redundancy. The capacity to develop new options is more important for innovation than past performance. Entertaining a model of possible future states makes a knowledge-based system increasingly anticipatory. The trade-off between the incursion of future states on the historical developments can be measured using the Triple-Helix synergy indicator. This is shown, for example, for the Italian national and regional systems of innovation.

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Book Details

Title
The Evolutionary Dynamics of Discursive Knowledge
Subject
Sociology and Social Sciences
Publisher
Springer
Published
2021
Pages
248
Edition
1
Language
English
ISBN13
9783030599508
ISBN10
3030599507
ISBN13 Digital
9783030599515
ISBN10 Digital
3030599515
PDF Size
8.0 MB
License
CC BY

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