Daily Archives: October 23, 2017

Educational Philosophy and the Challenge of Complexity Theory

Complexity theory challenges educational philosophy to reconsider accepted paradigms of teaching, learning and educational research. However, though attractive, not least because of its critique of positivism, its affinity to Dewey and Habermas, and its arguments for openness, diversity, relationships, agency and creativity, the … Continue reading

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Human Research and Complexity Theory

The disavowal of positivist science by many educational researchers has resulted in a deepening polarization of research agendas and an epistemological divide that appears increasingly difficult to span. Despite a turning away from science altogether by some, and thus toward various forms of … Continue reading

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An Aristotelian Solution to the Problem of Social Autopoiesis

This paper addresses the problem of social autopoiesis. We argue that to date no an adequate solution to the problem of social autopoiesis exists and put this down to the lack of an adequate conception of a social autopoietic unity. We … Continue reading

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The Problems of Social Autopoiesis

Zeleny and Hufford apply the concept of autopoiesis to three different classes of systems – biological, chemical, and social. My response is concerned with the latter and in particular with Zeleny and Hufford’s claims that social systems are autopoietic and those … Continue reading

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Autopoiesis vs. social autopoiesis

The main objective of this study is to revisit the fundamental postulations of autopoietic self-production wrapped within the autopoietic six-point key and to investigate whether or not firms as specific social systems can be treated as autopoietic unities. In order to do … Continue reading

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Autopoiesis and Creativity

For many years three key aspects of creative processes have been glossed over by theorists eager to avoid the mystery of consciousness and instead embrace an implicitly more formal, computational vision: autonomy, phenomenality and the temporally embedded and bounded nature of creative processes. In … Continue reading

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