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Presence of Autopoiesis

  • Humberto R. Maturana
  • Francisco J. Varela
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Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science book series (BSPS, volume 42)

Abstract

Autopoiesis in the physical space is necessary and sufficient to characterize a system as a living system. Reproduction and evolution as they occur in the known living systems, and all the phenomena derived from them, arise as secondary processes subordinated to their existence and operation as autopoietic unities. Hence, the biological phenomenology is the phenomenology of autopoietic systems in the physical space, and a phenomenon is a biological phenomenon only to the extent that it depends in one way or another on the autopoiesis of one or more physical autopoietic unities.

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© D. Reidel Publishing Company, Dordrecht, Holland 1980

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  • Humberto R. Maturana
  • Francisco J. Varela

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