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The use of the concept autopoiesis in the theory of viable systems

By John Brocklesby and John Mingers

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This paper examines the application and usage of the idea of autopoiesis-a theory of living systems-within the context of viable systems theory. In recent years the term autopoiesis has extended beyond the domain of cellular biology where it originated and is now used extensively across a range of different disciplines, fields of enquiry, and professional practice. The paper seeks to provide clarification of a distinction between viable and autopoietic systems that appears to have become somewhat clouded as a result of the transfer of ideas and terminology from one domain to another

Topics: H, Q, HM
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons
Year: 2005
DOI identifier: 10.1002/sres.603
OAI identifier: oai:kar.kent.ac.uk:3921
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