Volume 11 · Number 2 · Pages 221–224
Varela’s Sixth Step: Teleology and the Re-Visioning of Science

Steve Torrance

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Open peer commentary on the article “Lived Experience and Cognitive Science Reappraising Enactivism’s Jonasian Turn” by Mario Villalobos & Dave Ward. Upshot: Jonas was not defending an unrestrained anthropomorphism but, rather, a “zoomorphism,” which offered a rigorous, considered view of the deep phylogenetic origins of purpose and mind. Jonas did not reject science per se, but an alienated, rigid conception of the latter. His work helped pave the way to a richer science of mind.


Torrance S. (2016) Varela’s sixth step: Teleology and the re-visioning of science. Constructivist Foundations 11(2): 221–224. http://constructivist.info/11/2/221

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