Volume 11 · Number 3 · Pages 520–521
To What Extent Can Second-Order Cybernetics Be a Foundation for Psychology?

Marcelo Arnold-Cathalifaud & Daniela Thumala-Dockendorff

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Open peer commentary on the article “Cybernetic Foundations for Psychology” by Bernard Scott. Upshot: Scott’s proposal is well-founded and opens interesting possibilities. We selected some critical aspects of his argumentation and discuss them in the context of the constructivist perspective. We highlight as Scott’s “blind spot” his statement - presented without further argument - of the need for a conceptual and theoretical unification of psychology from the perspective of second-order cybernetics. We find this especially worrisome as it is based on only one version of cybernetics.


Arnold-Cathalifaud M. & Thumala-Dockendorff D. (2016) To what extent can second-order cybernetics be a foundation for psychology? Constructivist Foundations 11(3): 520–521. http://constructivist.info/11/3/520

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