Volume 9 · Number 2 · Pages 181–183
The Autopoiesis of Social Systems

Raf Vanderstraeten

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Open peer commentary on the article “Social Autopoiesis?” by Hugo Urrestarazu. Upshot: It is not possible to conceive of social systems as autopoietic systems if one departs from actions. But Luhmann’s theory opts for communication as the basic unit of social systems. The autopoiesis of social systems emerges from communication, triggering further communication.


Vanderstraeten R. (2014) The autopoiesis of social systems. Constructivist Foundations 9(2): 181–183. http://constructivist.info/9/2/181

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