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Whereas Foerster traces undecidability back to foundational metaphysical questions, positioning the ethical within the context of a choice between distinct worldviews, I situate decidability and undecidability as frames to move between within the context of practical situations. To complement the need to decide the undecidable, I explore the value of undeciding the decidable. By undeciding, what I mean to suggest is a deliberate process of reconceiving the framework in which a decidable decision is asked such that the framework is itself undecidable, thus requiring a decision to be made as to the decidability of the decision that is at stake. A consequence of putting decidability in question is that it is not sufficient to discharge one’s responsibilities as they arise. One must become responsible not just for one’s responsibilities but also for what these are and how their boundaries and scope are conceived. From this perspective, I offer an alternate reading of Foerster’s call to increase the number of choices, understanding this in the sense of acting to increase the number of decisions that are to be made rather than increasing the number of possibilities to be chosen between.
|Title of host publication
|65th Annual Proceedings for the International Society of the Systems Sciences
|Published - 24 Feb 2022
|The 65th Meeting of the International Society for the Systems Sciences: The Art and Science of the Impossible: The Human Experience -
Duration: 7 Jul 2021 → 13 Jul 2021
|Journal of the International Society for the Systems Sciences
|International Society for the Systems Sciences
|The 65th Meeting of the International Society for the Systems Sciences
|7/07/21 → 13/07/21
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Ben Sweeting (Member)Jan 2020 → …
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