Members of the joint group Emergent systems, information and society were speakers at a session of the 10th International Leibniz Congress held in Hanover, Germany, during the week from 18 to 22 July 2016. The session was convoked by BCSSS Scientific Council Member Rainer E. Zimmermann and dedicated to Relationality and Information in Leibniz. The objective was to discuss the concept of relation for advancing systems philosophy and philosophy of information by taking advantage of Leibnizian ideas.

The congress, the main organiser of which was the Gottfried-Wilhelm-Leibniz-Gesellschaft e.V., used the dictum of Leibniz: „For Our Happiness or the Happiness of Others“. The session speakers were supported by the Institut für Design Science München.

Session call | pdf

Four speakers made presentations (Klaus Fuchs-Kittowski could not present; however, his paper is included in the proceedings as are the following papers*).

Wolfgang Hofkirchner (Vienna): Relationality in Social Systems | paper (pdf) | presentation

Francisco Salto Alemany (León): Perspectives for a Purely Relational Ontology | abstract (pdf)

Tomáš Sigmund (Prague): Dual Character of Information – On the Relationship between Individual and General Aspects of Reality | paper (pdf)

Rainer E. Zimmermann (Munich and Cambridge): Emergence of Organization. On the Co-Evolution of System and Structure | paper (pdf)

* Li, W. (ed.), “Für unser Glück oder das Glück anderer”, Vorträge des X. Internationalen Leibniz-Kongresses Hannover, 18.-23. Juli 2016, Georg Ulms Verlag, Hildesheim etc., vol. V, 207-253