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A Calculus for Autopoiesis

in: Dirk Baecker und Birger P. Priddat (eds.), ├ľkonomie der Werte: Festschrift zum 65. Geburtstag von Michael Hutter, Marburg: Metropolis, 2013, 249-267

15 Pages Posted: 3 Jun 2012 Last revised: 1 Jun 2013

Dirk Baecker

Witten/Herdecke University

Date Written: June 1, 2012

Abstract

The paper looks once more at the understanding and definition of autopoiesis as developed by Humberto R. Maturana, Francisco J. Varela, and Ricardo Uribe. We will focus on the question whether George Spencer-Brown's Laws of Form presents us with a possibility of translating Maturana's definition into a kind of a calculus. We look at Maturana's emphasis on components, networks, and boundaries and try to figure out how this emphasis can translate into an understanding of form that knows about self-reference, paradox, and play.

Keywords: Autopoiesis, Calculus, Form, Network, Value

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Baecker, Dirk, A Calculus for Autopoiesis (June 1, 2012). in: Dirk Baecker und Birger P. Priddat (eds.), ├ľkonomie der Werte: Festschrift zum 65. Geburtstag von Michael Hutter, Marburg: Metropolis, 2013, 249-267. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2073362 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2073362

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