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ERIC Number: ED313254
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Oct-20
Pages: 57
Abstractor: N/A
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A Pickwickian Tale: Maturana's Ontology of the Observer.
Johnson, David K.
This essay defends a critical realist perspective on the ontological and epistemological theories of Humberto Maturana. In the process, the paper presents an extended example of what has come to be known in contemporary realist circles as the epistemic fallacy, and underlines the negative results which inevitably plague philosophical theories that contain such mistakes. A major concern of the essay is to demonstrate the inadequate nature of Maturana's particular conception of ontology. Sections include: (1) "Introduction"; (2) "Contradiction"; (3)"Maturana's Ontology of the Observer"; (4) "Cognitive Distinctions and Existence"; (5) "Skepticism and the Argument from Illusion"; (6) "On Worldmaking"; (7) "The Role of the Observer"; and (8) "The Linguistic Consensus." Lists 142 references. (YP)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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