Volume 13 · Number 1 · Pages 28–30
Author’s Response: Self-Reference and the Self

Louis H. Kauffman

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Upshot: In this response, I revisit the themes of my article on the mathematical work of Varela and I attempt to clarify the linguistic and human meanings of the terms “self-reference” and “self.”


Kauffman L. H. (2017) Author’s response: Self-reference and the self. Constructivist Foundations 13(1): 28–30. http://constructivist.info/13/1/028

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