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The Image: Knowledge in Life and Society

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Boulding discusses the image as the key to understanding society and human behavior
Paperback, 184 pages
Published September 21st 1956 by University of Michigan Press
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Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
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Just now finished Kenneth Boulding's "The Image". What is obvious is that he is a very erudite man. He knows lots of things about lots of things. He probably comes reasonably close to knowing everything about everything but not quite. I'm not sure he knows how to explain himself. He writes about the image & we all know what images are, or do we? He writes about the image as a base element of scientific - especially social scientific - inquiry but I'm lost as to what he's getting at. Images i ...more
Sep 05, 2008 rated it really liked it
Insightful book about general systems theory and the like. As it was written in the 1960s, a bit outdated and the baseline level of knowledge that was accessible was limited compared to today's standards. For one thing, he lends credence to Freudian theory, which made me sad. If you keep an open mind about the "unknowns" at the time, the book posits very clever and insight comments about different aspects of our "image". If all else failed, he established a very thorough and well developed of th ...more
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Jan 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Chapter Two discusses the role of the image in organization. Organization here refers simply to the obverse of chaos. Boulding proposes seven levels and describes a hierarchy of increasing organization, from static structures to dynamic process of the human mind. An image occurs in most rudimentary form in any system capable of homeostasis. The concept of the image becomes an increasingly important part of any theoretical model as the degree of organizational complexity increases — one of the mo ...more
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Mar 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
A fabulous and visionary look at society and it's evolution. Boulding brings fourth many ideas commonly overlooked, and from his usual Whole Systems Perspective.
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