Self-Producing Systems

Implications and Applications of Autopoiesis

  • John Mingers

Part of the Contemporary Systems Thinking book series (CST)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. The Development of Autopoiesis

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      Pages 1-5
  3. Autopoiesis In The Physical Domain

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      Pages 7-7
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  4. Theories Of Cognition

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      Pages 65-65
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  5. Applications Of Autopoiesis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 117-117
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  6. Conclusions

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      Pages 203-203
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  7. Back Matter
    Pages 217-246

About this book


John Mingers' new volume, Self-Producing Systems: Implications and Ap­ plications of Autopoiesis, is a much-needed reference on autopoiesis, a subject penetrating many disciplines today. I can genuinely say that I enjoyed reading the book as it took me stage by stage through a clear and easy-to-grasp understanding of the concepts and ideas of auto­ poiesis and then, as the book's title suggests, on through their applica­ tions. I found the summary in Chapter 12 particularly useful, helping to crystalize the main points of each chapter. The book conveyed enthusi­ asm for the subject and stimulated my interest in it. At times the book is demanding, but only because of the breadth of the subject matter, the terms and concepts associated with its parts, and the challenge of keep­ ing hold of all this in the mind at once. This is an exceptional text. ROBERT L. FLOOD Hull, UK Preface In recent years Maturana's and Varela's concept of autopoiesis, origi­ nally a biological concept, has made a remarkable impact not just on a single area, but across widely differing disciplines such as sociology, policy science, psychotherapy, cognitive science, and law. Put very briefly, the term autopoiesis connotes the idea that certain types of sys­ tems exist in a particular manner-they are self-producing systems. In their operations they continuously produce their own constituents, their own components, which then participate in these same production pro­ cesses.


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Authors and affiliations

  • John Mingers
    • 1
  1. 1.University of WarwickCoventryEngland, UK

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1995
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4899-1024-0
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4899-1022-6
  • Series Print ISSN 1568-2846
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