Matching concepts and phenomena: A review of Biological Autonomy


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This paper discusses Moreno and Mossio’s book Biological autonomy: A philosophical and theoretical enquiry. The book provides an up to date overview of the authors’ work within the organizational approach to mind and life, which is linked to the work of Maturana and Varela but which is here developed in new ways and with a strong focus on the autonomy of living systems. After an overview of the book, the paper focuses on the choice of the guiding concepts for this enterprise – autonomy, agency, organism and cognition – and discusses whether these notions are still up to the task of formulating the key issues to be targeted by the organizational approach.
Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)479-486
Aantal pagina's8
TijdschriftAdaptive Behavior
Nummer van het tijdschrift6
StatusPublished - 9-dec-2016

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