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Cybernetic Epistemology as a New Methodological Paradigm of Comparative Legal Researches


  • Department of Theory and History of Law and State of Juridical Institute of People’s Friendship University of Russia, Russian Federation


Objectives: This article analyses some ways of using comparative legal research tools according to the latest methodological achievements of cybernetic epistemology. This kind of research is a complex Gnoseo logical process and its success depends on measuring of equipment using modern cognition approaches. Methods/Statistical analysis: Favorable results are possible if the researcher has a high level of general theoretical training, knows general methodological principles and is able to use new approaches and methodologies of cognition and estimation. These paradigms enable the creation of a specific complex system picture of researched political and legal phenomena. Findings: Today, complexity theory, or cybernetic epistemology, unites ever more the quantity of existing sciences, moving towards the new development known as “the sixth technological mode”. Its short formula is Nano-, Bio-, Info- and Cogno- (NBIC) technology convergence. The prime movers of cybernetic epistemology (complexity theory) named it figuratively «mind ecology», «ecology of ideas» or «deep ecology». The subjects of research of this theory are complex systems. They are known to have such attributes as synergism (holism), autopoiesis and recursivity. In general terms, a modern complex social system (civilization itself) may be transformed into new Humanistic Socio-Economic Formation (HSEF). With no alternative it would be organic integration of technologies of Kondratiev’s sixth mode (production forces), Galbraith’s third motive of human activity (labour relations) and democracy (of efficiency by Pareto), based on meritocracy (superstructure). Consequently, cybernetic epistemology uses all known scientific cognition approaches and becomes even more productive when used in comparative legal researches. Application/Improvements: The article insists that the use of the general methodological principles of complexity theory and K. Gödel’s incompleteness theory allow fruitful theoretical and practical results to be obtained when events such as the genesis, evolution and modern stage of the development of constitutionalism, different actual problems of law and state, complex social systems and perspectives of the globalizing world order are researched.


Cybernetic Epistemology, Comparative Legal Research, Complexity Theory, Complex Social System, Humanistic Socio-Economic Formation.

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