The Atomistic Structure of Relationship: Robert Rosen’s Implicate Order


  • John J Kineman University of Colorado
  • Bela A Banathy Saybrook Graduate School
  • Judith Rosen Rosen Enterprises


Relational, complexity, epistemology, ontology, information


A careful synthesis of Robert Rosen’s theories about relational entities resulted in discovery of an entailment pattern between ontology and epistemology. We have called this “the relational atom” to emphasize its foundational status within a relationally analytical framework. This framework constitutes a natural philosophy and underlies material descriptions of reality, including current mechanistic theory. We believe this model represents, in essence, the natural structure of relationship, from which both traditionally objective and traditionally subjective entities arise. The essence of this understanding, however, is to objectify the entire model. The model and some of its possible applications are discussed.

Author Biography

John J Kineman, University of Colorado

Cooperative Insitute for Research in the Environmental Sciences



How to Cite

Kineman, J. J., Banathy, B. A., & Rosen, J. (2007). The Atomistic Structure of Relationship: Robert Rosen’s Implicate Order. Proceedings of the 51st Annual Meeting of the ISSS - 2007, Tokyo, Japan, 51(2). Retrieved from



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