Toward a process epistemology for the analysis of Social-Ecological Systems

Author(s): Mancilla Garcia, M., Hertz, T., Schlüter, M.
In: Environmental Values. DOI:
Year: 2019
Type: Journal / article
Theme affiliation: Complex Adaptive Systems
Full reference: Mancilla Garcia, M., Hertz, T., Schlüter, M. 2019. Towards a process epistemology for the analysis of social-ecological systems. Environmental Values. DOI:


This paper proposes an epistemological approach to analyse social-ecological systems from a process perspective in order to better tackle the co-constitution of the social and the ecological and the dynamism of these systems. It highlights the usefulness of rethinking our conceptual tools taking processes and relations as the main constituents of reality instead of fundamental substances or essences. We introduce the concept of experience as understood in radical empiricism to critically revise our available concepts through focusing on the concept of difference, exploring apparent contradictions and engaging in assemblage thinking.


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