The Life & Mind Seminar Network

Seminar 55#: Is autopoiesis an adequate foundation?

Posted in Seminars by matthewegbert on November 24, 2009

This Friday, Tom Froese will be leading a Life and Mind discussion. Details are below. I hope to see you there!

– Matthew


Speaker: Tom Froese
Title: Is autopoiesis an adequate foundation for the enactive paradigm?
Start time : 15:00
End time : 17:00
Room : 404


In this seminar I would like to lead a reading group discussion about
the concept of autopoiesis in relation to recent developments. From
the simple slogan of “autopoiesis = life”, the notion of autopoiesis
has started to be complemented by a variety of qualifiers: chemical,
adaptive, cognitive, precarious, extended, etc. What is driving this
conceptual change and where is it heading? I suggest that this is a
good opportunity to step out of the autopoietic/enactive tradition for
a moment and consider other perspectives on biological autonomy,
namely from analytic (Fitch) and phenomenological (Barbaras) angles.
What can we learn from these other interpretations?

The two papers on which this discussion will be based are available here:

Fitch (2008), “Nano-intentionality: A defense of intrinsic intentionality”

Barbaras (2002), “Francisco Varela: A new idea of perception and life”



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  1. matthewegbert said, on December 3, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    I posted a response to topics raised this seminar that is too long to include as a comment. You can see it by following this link:

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