J.L.LE MOIGNE states unequivocally that, in his opinion: "The theory of "the" General System is the theory of modelization of the objects (natural or artificial, complicated or complex) by way of this artificial object slowly shaped by the human mind, that L.von BERTALANFFY did propose to call the General System: a system which is a model of a general nature".
LE MOIGNE adds: "This artificial object is apt to be defined: it is possible to endow it with properties, it is possible to verify the coherence of these properties, it is possible, finally to use it in order to represent… other objects" (1977, p.36).
In J.C. LUGAN words: "This "système général" integrates in a formal way a conjunctive axiomatics" (1993, p.92) (as opposed to the disjunctive one expressed by the separability axiom). It establishes a general formalism for the modelization of complex phenomena.
While this concept is, for sure, quite useful, it is very different of what "numerous anglo-saxons authors understand as "General System(s) Theory" – which may be translated in French by " Théorie Générale des Systèmes" and which gathers by progressive aggregation a great number of concepts and models related to complex systems (and, more recently to those systems called composite in this work).
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