Volume 13 · Number 3 · Pages 374–376
Misunderstood Circular Causation: “Who Implements Autonomy?” and “What Stabilises the Daisies?”

Inman Harvey

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Abstract

Open peer commentary on the article “What Is a Cognizing Subject? Construction, Autonomy and Original Causation” by Niall Palfreyman & Janice Miller-Young. Upshot: When a phenomenon, or a concept such as autonomy, is the outcome of circular causality then analysis in terms of linear causation is a recipe for misunderstanding. The Daisyworld parable as used here is an ideal testbed to illustrate such resulting confusions.

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Harvey I. (2018) Misunderstood circular causation: “who implements autonomy?” and “what stabilises the daisies?”. Constructivist Foundations 13(3): 374–376. http://constructivist.info/13/3/374

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