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Norbert Wiener and the Social Sciences

Felix Geyer (Netherlands Universities Institute for Co‐ordination of Research in Social Sciences, Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
Johannes van der Zouwen (Department of Social Research Methodology, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, The Netherlands)


ISSN: 0368-492X

Article publication date: 1 August 1994


Aims to analyse the influence of Norbert Wiener’s ideas on the social sciences and on social systems, including society as a whole. Describes Wiener’s own attitudes regarding the applicability of cybernetics to social systems and his vision on the development of modern society. Highlights sociologists and political scientists who were inspired by his ideas and deals with researchers who tried to apply his ideas to social systems. Concludes by evaluating to what extent specific ideas of Wiener have impacted on the social sciences.



Geyer, F. and van der Zouwen, J. (1994), "Norbert Wiener and the Social Sciences", Kybernetes, Vol. 23 No. 6/7, pp. 46-61.




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