Departmental Papers (ASC)

Title

Afterword

Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

2002

Publication Source

Cybernetics & Human Knowing

Volume

9

Issue

2

Start Page

95

Last Page

96

Abstract

Francisco J. Varela was a student and collaborator of Humberto R. Maturana. Their pioneering collaboration on Autopoiesis and Cognition reestablished “processes of living” as the principle topic of biological explorations. This topic had dropped out of the discourse of biology after the work of Jacob von Uexküll. Autopoiesis brought a new framework to biology. I say framework because it was not a theory that predicted observable phenomena but a scaffold to pose and answer new kinds questions. In their The Tree of Knowledge, which connected the notion of autopoiesis to a variety of biological, evolutionary, cognitive, and, in a rudimentary way, linguistic and social phenomena, Francisco started to identify his contributions.

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This is the afterword to an issue devoted to the work of Francisco J. Varela.

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Date Posted: 21 June 2012

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