Autopoiesis, adaptivity, teleology, agency

Di Paolo, Ezequiel (2005) Autopoiesis, adaptivity, teleology, agency. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, 4 (4). 429 - 452. ISSN 15687759

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Abstract

A proposal for the biological grounding of intrinsic teleology and sense-making through the theory of autopoiesis is critically evaluated. Autopoiesis provides a systemic language for speaking about intrinsic teleology but its original formulation needs to be elaborated further in order to explain sense-making. This is done by introducing adaptivity, a many-layered property that allows organisms to regulate themselves with respect to their conditions of viability. Adaptivity leads to more articulated concepts of behaviour, agency, sense- construction, health, and temporality than those given so far by autopoiesis and enaction. These and other implications for understanding the organismic generation of values are explored.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Engineering and Informatics > Informatics
Depositing User: Ezequiel Alejandro Di Paolo
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 20:47
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2012 14:07
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/28144
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