A Critique of Social Applications of Autopoiesis

By James Juniper.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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The paper criticises the use of the biocybernetic notion of autopoiesis by social scientists such as Talcott Parsons, Niklas Luhmann and Gunther Teubner.

Keywords: Autopoiesis, Regulation, Governance, Biocybernetics, Systems Theory, Metabolism-Repair Systems

The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 1, Issue 3, pp.137-152. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.925MB).

Dr. James Juniper

I have worked on industry policy, corporate taxation, and forecasting in the both the federal and state public service and for the trade union movement. I currently teach in both economics and politics. I have published research on regional policy, macroeconomic policy, monetary theory, and labour market analysis, and continental philosophy. My current research on biocybernetics has relevance for debates in public policy (employment, welfare, envirnmental sustainability, and the theory of regulation) and the philosophy of the social sciences. In my research on econphysics and systems theory, I have worked on economic interpretations of anomalous diffusion, risk-sensitive control theory fractional Brownian motion, and generalised entropy-based measures of uncertainty.

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