Humberto Maturana

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Humberto Maturana (born September 14, 1928 in Santiago, Chile) is a Chilean biologist and philosopher. He is one of the second-wave systems scientists and cyberneticians.[1]

Maturana, with Francisco Varela, is known for creating the term autopoiesis about the nature of life.[2] His work has been influential in many fields, mainly the field of systems thinking and cybernetics. Overall, his work is concerned with the biology of cognition.

Publications[change | edit source]

Books, a selection:

  • 1980. Autopoiesis and cognition: the realization of the living, with Francisco Varela. Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science.
  • 1984. The tree of knowledge: biological basis of human understanding, with Francisco Varela. Revised edition 1992.
  • 1990. Biology of cognition and epistemology. Universidad de la Frontera. Temuco, Chile.
  • 1992 Conversations with Humberto Maturana: questions to biologist psychotherapist, with K. Ludewig. Universidad de la Frontera. Temuco, Chile.
  • 1994. Reflections and conversations, with Kurt Ludewig. Collection Family Institute. FUPALI Ed. Cordova.
  • 1994. Democracy is a work of art. Collection Roundtable. Linotype Ed Bogota Bolivar y Cia.
  • 1997 Objectivity: an argument to force. Santiago de Chile: Dolmen.
  • 1997 Machines and living things: autopoiese to do organização vivo. With Francisco Varela Porto Alegre: Medical Arts.
  • 2004. From being to doing: the origins of the biology of cognition, with Bernhard Poerksen.
  • 2009. The Origins of humanness in the biology of love, with Gerda Verden-Zoller and Pille Brunnel.
  • 2004. From biology to psychology.
  • 2009. Sense of humanity.

References[change | edit source]

  1. Ramage, Magnus & Shipp, Karen 2012. Systems thinkers
  2. Maturana H. & Valera F. 1980. Autopoiesis and cognition: the realization of the living. Boston: Reidel.