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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 in methodologies 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 advances in General Systems Theory and its application in the scientific investigation of philosophical questions such as the unity of knowledge, the nature of Nature, the brain-consciousness relationship, and the ontological foundations of moral and aesthetic intuitions.

Current Appointments

Publications in Process

  • Mobus, G., Rousseau D., Calvo-Amodio J. (Eds), (in prep, edited collection).Towards Integrated Systems Research in Science and Engineering (Springer)
  • Rousseau, D. (in prep). Systemic Semantics: Framework for a Transdisciplinary Discourse Domain.
  • Rousseau, D. (in prep). A Systemic Framework for Comparing World-Views.
  • Rousseau, D., Wilby, J., Billingham, J., Blachfellner S. (in prep, monograph). General Systemology: Transdisciplinarity for Discovery, Insight and Innovation. (Springer)
  • Rousseau, D. (forthcoming). Philosophy and Spirituality. In L. Zsolnai & B. Flanagan (Eds), Routledge International Handbook of Spirituality and Society.
  • Nahm, M., Greyson, B and Rousseau, D. (under review). Discrepancy between cerebral structures and cognitive functioning: A review and case collection.

Research Publications

2017

  • Rousseau, D. (2017). Strategies for Discovering Scientific Systems Principles. Systems Research and Behavioural Science (forthcoming)
  • Rousseau, D. (2017). Three General Systems Principles and their Derivation: Insights from the Philosophy of Science Applied to Systems Concepts. In: Madni A. M., Boehm, B., Erwin, D. A., Ghanem, R. (Eds), Disciplinary Convergence: Implications for Systems Engineering Research (Proceedings of the 15th Annual Conference on Systems Engineering Research, (Rodondo Beach, Los Angeles, 23-25 March 2017). Springer: Los Angeles, CA
  • Rousseau D. (2017). Systems Research and the Quest for Scientific Systems Principles. Systems. 5(2):25
  • Rousseau, D. (2017). A Systems Philosophy framework and methodology for discovering and leveraging Scientific Systems Principles. Poster presented at the NSF Engineering and System Design (ESD) and Systems Science (SYS) Programs Workshop 2017: Future Directions in Engineering Design and Systems Engineering. 20-22 Jan 2017, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
  • Edson, M., Buckle-Henning, P., Ferris, T., Hieronymi, A., Ison, R., Metcalf, G., Mobus, G., Nguyen, N., Rousseau, D., Sankaran, S. Tuddenham, P. (2017). Systems Research: A Foundation for Systems Literacy.  In: Edson, M., Metcalf, G.S., Tuddenham, P., Chroust, G. (Eds.) Systems Literacy: Proceedings of the Eighteenth
    Conversation of the International Federation for Systems Research, 3-8 April 2016, St. Magdalena, Linz, Austria. Johannes Kepler University, SEA-Publications: Linz,
    Austria
    .


2016


2015

  • Rousseau, D., (2015). General Systems Theory: Present and Potential. Ludwig von Bertalanffy Memorial Lecture presented at the 2014 Confernce of International Society for the Systems Science. Systems Research and Behavioural Science, 32(5), 522–533 (Special Issue: ISSS Yearbook).
  • Hofkirchner, W., & Rousseau, D., (2015). Foreword. In L. von Bertalanffy, General System Theory: Foundations, Development, Applications. New Revised Edition, New York: Braziller.
  • Rousseau, D. (2015). 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 M. Edson, G. Metcalf, G. Chroust, N. Nguyen, & S. Blachfellner (Eds.), Systems Thinking: New Directions in Theory, Practice and Application. Proceedings of the Seventeenth Conversation of the International Federation for Systems Research, April 27 – May 2, 2014, St. Magdalena, Linz (pp. 32-42). Linz, Austria: SEA-Publications, Johannes Kepler University.


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2012


2011

Invited Addresses

2017

    • Emerging Prospects for Establishing Systems Principles.  Contribution to Panel Discussion on "Exploring the Frontiers of Systems Science: Establishing a Foundation for Systems Engineering Practice" at the International Symposium 2017 of the International Council on Systems Enineering, Adelaide Australia 17-20 July 2017. PAnel moderated by James Martin, other panellists Rick Dove, Anand Kumar, Tim Ferris, Stephen Cook.
    • Innovation and Optimzation in Nature and Design.  Incoming Presidential Address at the Annual Meeting and Conference of the International Society for the Systems Sciences, Vienna University of Economics and Business, Vienna, Austria, 10-14 July 2017.
    • Systems Science for Systems EngineeringPlenary Presentation to the  INCOSE International Workshops 2017 (IW'17) - Torrance, CA USA, 28 - 31 January 2017.
    • Scientific Systems Principles.  Presentation to the Systems Philosophy Workshop on Principles, Patterns, Isomorphic Processes and Schemas. INCOSE International Workshops 2017 (IW'17) - Torrance, CA USA, 28 - 31 January 2017.
    • Classifying the Systems Science Body of Knowledge (SSBOK).  Presentation to the Systems Science Working Group (SSWG) Workshop on Classifying the SSBOK. INCOSE International Workshops 2017 (IW'17) - Torrance, CA USA, 28 - 31 January 2017.
    • Systems Engineering and the Quest for a General Science of Systems. Research Seminar presented at the School of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, Oregon State University, Corvallis OR, 25 Jan 2017.

  • 2016

    • Systems Science and the Quest for a General Systems Theory. Research Seminar presented at the Centre for Systems Studies, University of Hull, UK, 19 December 2016.
    • Scientific Principles for a General Theory of Whole Systems. Keynote presentation at the 60th Annual Conference of the International Society for the Systems Sciences (ISSS), Boulder, USA : July 24-30, 2016.
    • Prospects for the Emergence of a General Systems Worldview. Contribution to a panel discussion on "Prospects for a New Systemic Synthesis", together with William (Bill) Schindel, Len Troncale, John Kineman and Jennifer Wilby. Presented at the 60th Conference of the International Society for the Systems Sciences (ISSS), Boulder, USA, July 24-30, 2016.
    • The Value of General Systemology for Translational Science. Presentation at the 9th International Systems Sciences Symposium: Translational Systems Science. Organized by the Center for Agent-based Social Systems Sciences, Tokyo Institute of Technology. and held on the 13th of March 2016 in the AV Lecture Theater, West Building 9, Ookayama Campus, Tokyo Institute of Technology.


    2015

      • Manifesto for General Systems Transdisciplinarity. Keynote presentation at the 59th Conference of the International Society for the Systems Sciences (ISSS), Berlin, Germany, 4 August 2015.
      • Systems Philosophy and its Relevance to Systems Engineering. Workshop leader, supported by J. Wilby, J. Billingham, and S. Blachfellner. Workshops organised and sponsored by the Systems Science Working Group (SSWG) of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE). Held in conjunction with the International Symposium of INCOSE in Seattle, Washington, USA, 11 Jul 2015, and the 2015 International Conference of the ISSS in Berlin, Germany, 2 August 2015.
      • Systems Philosophy and its Relevance to Systems Engineering. Webinar presented to the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE), 6 May 2015, Time: 16:00 UTC/ 12:00 am EDT.
      • 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.


      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.