The Cognitive Theories of Maturana and Varela

Mingers, J. (1991) The Cognitive Theories of Maturana and Varela. Systemic Practice and Action Research , 4 (4). 319-338.. ISSN 1094-429X. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Maturana and Varela developed the concept of autopoiesis to explain the phenomena of living organisms. They went further and postulated theories concerning the nervous system and the development of cognition. These theories have radical conclusions concerning human thought, language, and social activity. This paper aims to introduce these ideas and to explore the main implications. It also discusses the application of these cognitive theories in three separate domains-computer systems design, family therapy, and the Law.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: autopoiesis - cognition - language - law - nervous system - psychotherapy - systems design
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Business School
Depositing User: John Mingers
Date Deposited: 09 Sep 2009 14:14
Last Modified: 25 Jun 2013 13:59
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