Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences

, Volume 1, Issue 2, pp 127–132

Francisco Varela: A new idea of perception and life

  • Renaud Barbaras

DOI: 10.1023/A:1020332523809

Cite this article as:
Barbaras, R. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences (2002) 1: 127. doi:10.1023/A:1020332523809


Connections among Varela's theory of enactive cognition , his evolutionary theory of natural drift, and his concept of autopoiesis are made clear. Two questions are posed in relation to Varela's conception of perception, and the tension that exists in his thought between the formal level of organization and the Jonasian notion of the organism.

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • Renaud Barbaras
    • 1
  1. 1.Université Paris-1ParisFrance

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