The scene for interpretive systemology
(Fuenmayor Arocha, Ramsés Leonardo; López Garay, Hernán)

In this introductory paper to the special issue of Systems Practice devoted to Interpretive Systemology, some of the conditions under which this trend in systems thinking has come to life are briefly depicted. For that purpose a "wider" and a "narrower" scene are presented. The "wider scene" presents the general questions and problems that are to be tackled by Interpretive Systemology, within a wide international perspective of systems thinking and practice. The narrower scene, which is related to more particular conditions, shows how some circumstances connected to the so-called "Third World" or "underdeveloped" countries have helped to trigger the launching of Interpretive Systemology. Finally, a brief outline of the research program for Interpretive Systemology is introduced.

This article was published in Systems Practice, Vol. 4, Nº 5, 1991. pp. 401-418. Plenum Press, New York and London.