Volume 9 · Number 2 · Pages 175–177
Autopoiesis and Autonomy in the Space of Meaning

Athanasios Karafillidis

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Open peer commentary on the article “Social Autopoiesis?” by Hugo Urrestarazu. Upshot: Social autopoiesis does not operate in physical space and cannot be understood by analyzing cause-effect relationships. Social systems are observing systems operating in the space of meaning. Therefore a validation procedure guided by the classic rules for determining autopoietic systems is misleading. However, the target article clarifies a point of great importance for sociological research: the difference between autopoiesis and autonomy (closure).


Karafillidis A. (2014) Autopoiesis and autonomy in the space of meaning. Constructivist Foundations 9(2): 175–177. http://constructivist.info/9/2/175

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