Contemplative Work

Forrest Christian Theory, Warren Kinston Leave a Comment

From Kinston, Warren. 1988. “A total framework for inquiry”. Systems Research, 5(1): 9-25.

The inherent dangers in the Level VII' [the contemplative] inquiry include fixation on an incorrect idea and inappropriate messianism. Speculative ideas are not practically usable until they have been socially shared with the relevant community….

Scientific process occurs at this level through holistic syntheses which reframe or redefine the bounds and nature of an area of inquiry. The output therefore is the production of a whole formulation. As indicated above, it is essentially the product of a single individual, though his work can be greatly enhanced and given support and understanding from others within an institution or discipline.


I think that this correlates with his “Imaginist” label, although perhaps not directly.

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