Snakes all the Way Down: Varela's Calculus for Self-Reference and the Praxis of Paradise

  title={Snakes all the Way Down: Varela's Calculus for Self-Reference and the Praxis of Paradise},
  author={Andr{\'e} Reichel},
  journal={Systems Research and Behavioral Science},
  • A. Reichel
  • Published 1 November 2011
  • Psychology
  • Systems Research and Behavioral Science
This contribution seeks to commemorate Francisco Varela’s formal conceptions of self-reference, providing an overview of his writings while shedding some light in the praxis of self-reference, from where a future research agenda can be derived. The architecture of Varela’s thinking, determined by the interrelated notions of autopoiesis, autonomy, closure and self-reference, was examined. The emphasis was on the development and expansions of his calculus for self-reference from George Spencer… 

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