Volume 11 · Number 3 · Pages 557–559
How Can Meaning be Grounded within a Closed Self-Referential System?

Bryony Pierce

Log in to download the full text for free

> Citation > Similar > References > Add Comment


Open peer commentary on the article “Consciousness as Self-Description in Differences” by Diana Gasparyan. Upshot: The account, in the target article, of consciousness as a self-contained, self-referential autopoietic system faces a potential problem when we seek to ground meaning and norms. I will discuss three ways in which meaning can be grounded, the last of which requires reasons for action to be grounded from a subjective point of view, with the qualitative character of affective valence performing a regress-stopping role. I will explore the implications of my conclusions for a methodological approach based on second-order cybernetics.


Pierce B. (2016) How can meaning be grounded within a closed self-referential system? Constructivist Foundations 11(3): 557–559. http://constructivist.info/11/3/557

Export article citation data: Plain Text · BibTex · EndNote · Reference Manager (RIS)

Comments: 0

To stay informed about comments to this publication and post comments yourself, please log in first.