The Origin of Humanness in the Biology of Love

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The central concern of this book is us human beings. The authors’ basic question is: ‘How is it that we can live in mutual care, have ethical concerns, and at the same time deny all that through the rational justification of aggression?’ The authors answer this basic question indirectly by providing a look into the fundaments of our biological constitution, concentrating on what they termemotioning, that is the flow of emotions in daily life that guides the flow of the systemic conservation of a manner of living....
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Overview

The central concern of this book is us human beings. The authors’ basic question is: ‘How is it that we can live in mutual care, have ethical concerns, and at the same time deny all that through the rational justification of aggression?’ The authors answer this basic question indirectly by providing a look into the fundaments of our biological constitution, concentrating on what they termemotioning, that is the flow of emotions in daily life that guides the flow of the systemic conservation of a manner of living. Maturana and Verden-Zoller claim that the fundamental emotion that gave rise to humans as sapient languaging beings was love, and that this remains our fundament even when other emotions become socially prevalent.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781845400880
  • Publisher: Imprint Academic
  • Publication date: 1/1/2009
  • Pages: 227
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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Humberto Maturana is renowned for developing the concept of autopoesis and for his foundational experiments on visual perception. He was founder-director of the Laboratory for Experimental Epistemology and the Biology of Cognition at the University of Chile in Santiago. He is also co-founder of the Instituto Matriztico in Santiago, Chile.

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