Volume 10 · Number 2 · Pages 180–183
Towards a Consistent Constructivist General Systems Theory

Hugo Urrestarazu

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Open peer commentary on the article “The Autopoiesis of Social Systems and its Criticisms” by Hugo Cadenas & Marcelo Arnold. Upshot: Cadenas and Arnold contribute towards a better understanding of what is at stake in the long debate concerning the applicability of Maturana’s autopoiesis concept to social systems. However, their target article has two shortcomings: (1) it does not provide a deeper understanding of the reasons why Luhmann’s adoption of the autopoiesis concept has proved to be sterile after decades of debate; and (2) their historic account does not integrate recent developments that need to be highlighted to improve interdisciplinary research.


Urrestarazu H. (2015) Towards a consistent constructivist general systems theory. Constructivist Foundations 10(2): 180–183. http://constructivist.info/10/2/180

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