Volume 18 · Number 1 · Pages 134–137
On Pedagogical Tactics when Applying Maturana’s Biology of Cognition

Hugo Urrestarazu

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Abstract

Open peer commentary on the article “In Maturana’s Wake: The Biology of Cognition’s Legacy and its Prospects” by Randall Whitaker. Abstract: With respect to pedagogic goals, Whitaker’s work stands for itself. First, I suggest valuing Maturana’s first-person approach to social interaction analysis and further exploring his late work and experience in applying biology of cognition to practical problems in social relations. Then I criticize Whitaker’s insufficient explanation of his distinction of the “abstract (non-physical)” nature of what he calls the “novel domain” engendered by the feature of operational closure of the nervous system. I end by discussing the difficulties encountered by the author when trying to “extract” a pedagogical methodology from biology of cognition.

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Urrestarazu H. (2022) On pedagogical tactics when applying Maturana’s biology of cognition. Constructivist Foundations 18(1): 134–137. https://constructivist.info/18/1/134

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