Mingers, J. (1990) The Philosophical Implications of Maturana's Cognitive Theories. Systemic Practice and Action Research, 3 (6). 569-584.. ISSN 1094-429X .
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Maturana and Varela have developed important theories about living systems (autopoiesis) and also about the brain/nervous system and cognition. These theories have strongly subjectivist implications leading to the view that our explanations and descriptions reflect the structure of the subject, rather than that of an objective world, and that we therefore construct the world which we experience. This paper analyzes Maturana's ideas in terms of the main philosophical traditions — empiricism, idealism, and realism — showing that they are a blend of both realist and antirealist positions. It then provides a critique of Maturana's radical subjectivism and argues that his theory is best seen as compatible with critical realism.
|Uncontrolled keywords:||autopoiesis, philosophy,cognition, epistemology, ontology, critical realism|
|Subjects:||B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
|Divisions:||Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Business School > Management Science|
|Depositing User:||John Mingers|
|Date Deposited:||09 Sep 2009 19:30|
|Last Modified:||05 Feb 2013 15:26|
|Resource URI:||http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/3790 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)|
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