Criticizing the Phenomenological Critique - Autopoiesis and Critical Realism

Mingers, John (1992) Criticizing the Phenomenological Critique - Autopoiesis and Critical Realism. Systemic Practice, 5 (2). 173-180.. ISSN 1094-429X . (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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There has been, and still is, an important debate between critical systems and soft (interpretive) systems concerning epistemology and ontology. Flood and Ulrich argued for a position they termed critical idealism, but this has been contested by Fuenmayor, who proposed that critical systems was unnecessary since phenomenology provided the necessary and sufficient form of critique. This paper, in turn, argues for critical systems, providing a critique of phenomenology which shows that at least three of its own presuppositions are invalid. It is further suggested that an adequate philosophy for critical systems has not yet emerged and that the cognitive autopoietic theories of Maturana and the critical realism of Bhaskar will be important strands in its development.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: autopoiesis,critical systems,critical theory, epistemology ontology, phenomenology, realism
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Business School
Depositing User: John Mingers
Date Deposited: 09 Sep 2009 19:54
Last Modified: 06 May 2014 14:19
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