Networkologies: A Manifesto – Networks and Philosophy

The network is increasingly one of the fundamental metaphors whereby we have described the character of our age. Despite this, there has yet to be a philosophy of networks. A Networkological approach aims to address this fact. A Network is a diagram for the thinking of relation. This diagram can help us to understand the structure, dynamics, and potentials of our networked age. Our age is one in which relation is increasing, reified entities are being reworked, and previously existent relations are becoming ever more evident. These changes, which have given rise to what might be called the ‘networked age,’ are partially due to the rise of the internet, the World Wide Web, global capitalism, etc. But this change cannot be reduced to the sum of its parts – change is the result of the interplay of material and ideal, actual and virtual. The entire world can be viewed as composed of networks. A chair is a network, and so are atoms, concepts, words, societies, organisms, brains, economies, etc. Understanding the different styles and interactions between networks is the work that needs to be done to create a philosophy of networks.


About Giorgio Bertini

Research Professor. Founder Director at Learning Change Project - Research on society, culture, art, neuroscience, cognition, critical thinking, intelligence, creativity, autopoiesis, self-organization, rhizomes, complexity, systems, networks, leadership, sustainability, thinkers, futures ++
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