Aspects of Dialectics and Non-Linear Dynamics

Posted: 25 Aug 2000

See all articles by J. Barkley Rosser, Jr.

J. Barkley Rosser, Jr.

James Madison University - Economics Program


Three principles of dialectical analysis are examined in terms of non-linear dynamics models. The three principles are the transformation of quantity into quality, the interpenetration of opposites, and the negation of the negation. The first two of these especially are interpreted within the frameworks of catastrophe, chaos and emergent dynamics complexity theoretic models, with the concept of bifurcation playing a central role. Problems with this viewpoint are also discussed.

Keywords: Dialectics, Non-linearity, Catastrophe, Chaos, Complexity

JEL Classification: D00

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Rosser, Jr., J. Barkley, Aspects of Dialectics and Non-Linear Dynamics. Available at SSRN:

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