Autopoiesis and Cognition: The Realization of the Living (Google eBook)

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Springer Science & Business Media, Jan 1, 1980 - Philosophy - 141 pages
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This is a bold, brilliant, provocative and puzzling work. It demands a radical shift in standpoint, an almost paradoxical posture in which living systems are described in terms of what lies outside the domain of descriptions. Professor Humberto Maturana, with his colleague Francisco Varela, have undertaken the construction of a systematic theoretical biology which attempts to define living systems not as they are objects of observation and description, nor even as in teracting systems, but as self-contained unities whose only reference is to them selves. Thus, the standpoint of description of such unities from the 'outside', i. e. , by an observer, already seems to violate the fundamental requirement which Maturana and Varela posit for the characterization of such system- namely, that they are autonomous, self-referring and self-constructing closed systems - in short, autopoietic systems in their terms. Yet, on the basis of such a conceptual method, and such a theory of living systems, Maturana goes on to define cognition as a biological phenomenon; as, in effect, the very nature of all living systems. And on this basis, to generate the very domains of interac tion among such systems which constitute language, description and thinking.
  

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A hard read, but ultimately worth it, will change the way you view living systems. Read full review

Review: Autopoiesis and Cognition: The Realization of the Living

User Review  - Ante - Goodreads

It was one the first Book related to autopoiesis! I did read it 30 years ago, exprcting that authors and other will connect it with religion (Gid is the most autopoietic person, almost only He ... Read full review

Contents

THE PROBLEM
7
Conclusions
48
PostScriptum
57
Preface by Sir Stafford Beer
63
Introduction
73
Embodiments of Autopoiesis
88
Diversity of Autopoiesis
96
Presence of Autopoiesis
112
The Nervous System
124
Glossary
135
INDEX OF NAMES
141
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Francisco J. Varela, Ph.D., was Fondation de France Professor of Cognitive Science and Epistemology at the ecole Polytechnique and the Institute of Neuroscience of Paris. He is also the author of "Principles of Biological Autonomy. "Humberto R. Maturana, Ph.D., is a biologist who teaches at the University of Chile. He is also co-author with Dr. Varela of "Autopoiesis and Cognition: The Realization of the Living.

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