Volume 18 · Number 1 · Pages 147–151
Author’s Response: In the Wake of “In Maturana’s Wake”

Randall Whitaker

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Abstract: The commentators pose questions and note issues arising within multiple contexts invoked in the target article. In this response, I endeavor to address as many of the points and queries as I can within the prescribed space afforded me. The responses are organized with regard to the three main topical areas within the target article: engaging with and learning Maturana’s BoC; employing BoC orientations and tenets to practical effect; and the prospects for continuing to refine and extend Maturana’s work.


Whitaker R. (2022) Author’s response: In the wake of “in Maturana’s wake”. Constructivist Foundations 18(1): 147–151. https://constructivist.info/18/1/147

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