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 David Rousseau PhD BEng FRSA

 
David Rousseau
 

Dr David Rousseau is the Founder and Managing Director of the Centre for Systems Philosophy, which promotes the use of Systems Philosophy as a methodology for addressing problems that require both scientific and philosophical analysis.  In particular, he is interested in how we can use systems thinking to bring matters of ultimate concern into the domain of science.

     His academic background spans Engineering (with a specialisation in Systems Engineering), Philosophy (with a specialisation in Philosophy of Mind) and Religious Studies (with a specialisation in spiritual experiences). His early career involved more than 20 years in senior management, programme management and systems engineering roles in the aerospace and semiconductor industries.  In 2007 he returned to academia, and in 2011 completed a PhD study using Systems Philosophy to analyse the mind-body relationship in the light of exceptional human experiences.  

     His current research is focused on the unity of knowledge, the modelling of the nature of Nature, the ontological foundations of moral intuitions, and the development of a General Systems Transdiscipline.

Current Appointments

Publications in Process


  • Rousseau, D. (submitted). A Systems-Philosophical  Critique of "Emergence" in Explanations of the Mind-Body Relationship
  • Rousseau, D., Wilby, J., Billingham, J., Blachfellner S. (in prep). Manifesto for General Systems Transdisciplinarity.
  • Rousseau, D., Wilby, J., Billingham, J., Blachfellner S. (in prep). A Typology for Systemology
  • Rousseau, D., Billingham, J., Wilby, J., Blachfellner S. (in prep). The Synergy Between General Systems Theory (GST*) and the General Systems Worldview.
  • Rousseau, D., Wilby, J., Billingham, J., Blachfellner S. (in prep). The Scope and Range of General Systems Transdisciplinarity
  • Rousseau, D., Wilby, J., Billingham, J., Blachfellner S. (in prep). A Research Agenda for General Systems Transdisciplinarity
  • Rousseau, D. (in prep).  Foundations and a Framework for Future Waves of Systemic Inquiry.
  • Wilby, J., Rousseau, D., Midgley, G., Drack, M., Billingham, J., & Zimmermann, R. (in prep). The Foundations and Dynamics of Systems Science
  • Rousseau, D. (in prep).  A Modern Defence of General Systemology's Realisms
  • Rousseau, D. (in prep).  Systemic Semantics: Framework for a Transdisciplinary Discourse Domain
  • Rousseau, D. (in prep).  A Systematic Framework for Comparing World-Views
  • Nahm, M., Greyson, B and Rousseau, D. (in prep). Radical asymmetry between cerebral and cognitive development: A review and case collection

Peer-Reviewed Publications

2015

  • Hofkirchner, W., & Rousseau, D., (in press). Foreword.  In General System Theory: Foundations, Development, Applications by L.von Bertalanffy, New Edition, New York: Braziller.
  • Rousseau, D. (in press). Anomalous Cognition and the Case for Mind-Body Dualism. In E. C. May & S. B. Marwaha (Eds.), Extrasensory Perception: Support, Skepticism, and Science [2 volumes] (Vol. 2). Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger/ABC-CLIO.  
  • Wilby, J., Rousseau, D., Midgley, G., Drack, M., Billingham, J., & Zimmermann, R. (2015). Philosophical Foundations for the Modern Systems Movement. In Systems Thinking: New Directions in Theory, Practice and Application, by Edson, M.C., Metcalf, G. S., Nguyen, N., & Blachfellner, S., (eds.). Proceedings of the Seventeenth Conversation of the International Federation for Systems Research, April 27 – May 2, 2014, St. Magdalena, Linz (Austria). Linz, Austria: SEA-Publications, Johannes Kepler University.

2014 

2012  

2011

Invited Addresses

2015

  •  In Search of General Systems Transdisciplinarity.  Presentation at the International Workshops 2015 of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE), Torrance, Los Angeles, 24-27 Jan 2015.

2014  

  • General Systems Theory: Past, Present and Potential.  Ludwig von Bertalanffy Memorial Lecture, 58th Conference of the International Society for the Systems  Sciences, George Washington University, Washington DC, July 27 - August 1, 2014.  Joint presentation with Prof. Peter Caws (University Professor of Philosophy and Professor of Human Sciences, George  Washington University).   
  • Foundations and a Framework for Future Waves of Systemic Inquiry.  Keynote presentation to the Symposium on “Bertalanffy and beyond: improving Systemics for a better future”, at the 22nd European Meeting on Cybernetics and Systems Research (EMCSR), “Civilisation at the Crossroads: Response and Responsibility of the Systems Sciences”, 22-25 April 2014, University of Vienna.
  • Conceptualizing and Researching Spirituality.  Round table discussion at the Research Day organised by the Centre for Spirituality Studies at the University of Hull, 23 September 2014.  Together with Paul Dearey (Director of Learning and Teaching, School of Social Sciences, University of Hull) and Prof. Wilf McSherry (Professor in Dignity of Care for  Older People, University of Staffordshire).
  • Near-Death Experiences and the Mind-Body Relationship: a Systems-Theoretical Perspective.  Invited Research Seminar at the School of Theology, Religious Studies and Islamic Studies, University of Wales, Lampeter, Founder's Library, 14 May 2014.
  • Foundations and a Framework for Future Waves of Systemic Inquiry.  Keynote presentation to the Symposium on “Bertalanffy and beyond: improving Systemics for a better future”, at the 22nd European Meeting on Cybernetics and Systems Research (EMCSR), “Civilisation at the Crossroads: Response and Responsibility of the Systems Sciences”, 22-25 April 2014, University of Vienna.

2013  

  • Reflections on the meaning and significance of General System Theory. Invited Research Seminar presented at the Centre for Systems Studies, University of Hull, Kingston upon Hull, East Yorkshire, 30 October 2013.
  • The Dimensions of Spirituality.  Invited Address to the London local group of the Scientific and Medical Network, Denning Hall, Hampstead, London, 12 August 2013.
  • The Dimensions of Spirituality.  Invited Address to the Society for the Study of Normal Psychology, 5 June 2013, Colet House, 151 Talgarth Road, London.
  • Systems Philosophy and the Mind-Body Problem. Invited address to the conference of the Scientific and Medical Network on “Connecting Mind, Spirit and Nature”, 19-23 February 2013, Frenchman’s Cove, Jamaica.

2012  

  • A Philosophical Framework for Exploration Science. Invited address to Study Day on "Making Sense of Psi", Society for Psychical Research, 28 April 2012, London, UK.