Table of Contents
Introduction: Different kinds of cybernetics.- Self-organization and complexity.- Ends and meaning in machine-like systems.- Hierarchical non-equilibrium self-organization as the new post-cybernetic perspective.- A priori and a posteriori in cognitive praxis: the model for the regulation of agonistic antagonistic couples.- Non-rational cognitive processes as changes of distinctions.- Epistemological issues.- Self-organization and autonomy in a post-cybernetic perspective. Epistemological issues.- The experimental epistemology of W.S. McCulloch. A minimalistic interpretation.- From paleo- to neo-connectionism.- Second cybernetics: a double strategy for representing cognition.- The bringing forth of dialogue: Latour versus Maturana.- A one-sided boundary: on the limits of knowing organizational closure.- Mechanistic explanations and structure-determined systems. Maturana and the human sciences.- Sociological issues.- Correspondence, consensus, coherence and the rape of democracy.- Writers of the lost I: second-order self-observation and absolute writership.
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