David Rousseau’s Details

David Rousseau

David Rousseau

Director, Centre for Systems Philosophy, Surrey
Visiting Fellow, Centre for Systems Studies, Hull University
Editor-in-Chief, Systema (Journal of the BCSSS), Bertalanffy Centre for the Study of the Systems Sciences

Email: david.rousseau@systemsphilosophy.org
Website: http://www.systemsphilosophy.org/david-rousseau.htm‎

Biographical Info: David Rousseau PhD BEng FRSA is the Director of the Centre for Systems Philosophy in Surrey, which promotes the use of Systems Philosophy as a methodology for addressing problems that require both scientific and philosophical analysis. In particular, he is interested in how we can use systems thinking to bring matters of ultimate concern into the domain of science.

He is Editor-in-Chief of Systema, the Journal of the Bertalanffy Centre for the Systems Sciences. He chairs the Special Integration Group (SIG) on Systems Philosophy in the International Society of the Systems Sciences. He is a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Systems Studies and a member of the Centre for Spirituality Studies, both at the University of Hull. He is an Honorary Research Fellow in the Alister Hardy Religious Experience Research Centre in the University of Wales, and an Executive Member and Company Secretary of the British Association for the Study of Spirituality. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA). He also serves as a peer-reviewer on several academic journals.

His academic education spans Engineering (with a specialisation in Systems Engineering), Philosophy (with a specialisation in Philosophy of Mind) and Religious Studies (with a specialisation in spiritual experiences). His PhD research used systems approaches to analyse problems in Philosophy of Mind and the scientific study of spiritual experiences.

His early career involved more than 20 years in senior management, programme management and systems engineering roles in the aerospace and semiconductor industries. Over that period he maintained a long-standing research interest in exceptional human experiences, and their relevance to the Big Questions, via trusteeships of various charitable research-oriented societies and trust funds, where he served in a number of administrative and advisory capacities. Over time he realised how systems thinking can open up new lines of research into the Big Questions, and so in 2007 he returned to academia to help develop such methodologies.

His recent research has focused on the nature of consciousness, in particular as illuminated by systemic analysis of exceptional human experiences. His current research additionally uses Systems Philosophy to investigate the unity of knowledge, the modelling of Nature, and the ontological foundations of moral intuitions.

Homepage: http://www.systemsphilosophy.org/david-rousseau.htm
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/david7rousseau
Academia.edu: https://hull.academia.edu/DavidRousseauPhD