Volume 10 · Number 2 · Pages 183–185
Does Social Systems Theory Need a General Theory of Autopoiesis?

Robert Drury King

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Open peer commentary on the article “The Autopoiesis of Social Systems and its Criticisms” by Hugo Cadenas & Marcelo Arnold. Upshot: The authors claim that it is justified to extend the concept of autopoiesis from its biological origin to other disciplines, predominately those that have a social character. However, the authors do not lay strong enough conceptual grounds to justify this extension of autopoiesis because it is unclear what concept of autopoiesis it is that would achieve this objective, or why the concept of autopoiesis itself should be crucial to this endeavor.


King R. D. (2015) Does social systems theory need a general theory of autopoiesis? Constructivist Foundations 10(2): 183–185. http://constructivist.info/10/2/183

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