The problematique: evolution of an idea

  title={The problematique: evolution of an idea},
  author={John N. Warfield and George H. Perino},
  journal={Systems Research and Behavioral Science},
A problematique is a graphical portrayal—a structural model—of relationships among members of a set of problems. It is a product of a group process whose design benefits from the writings of Aristotle, Abelard, Leibniz, DeMorgan, C.S. Peirce, and Harary. Contemporary scholars first conceived the idea of the problematique simply as a name for the array of problems confronting the world. It was then extended to represent a structural portrayal applicable to specific problematic situations. Having… Expand

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