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Gash H. (2011) Society, ethics and constructivism. In: Lasker G. E. & Hassard Frank R. (eds.) Strategic planning for the future. International Institute for Advanced Studies in Systems Research and Cybernetics, Tecumseh Ontario Canada: 1–5. Fulltext at
This paper presents a constructivist account of the origins of cooperation in society based on Maturana’s biological theory of cognition. On this account we are invited to take responsibility for our thoughts and accept that differences in world view are opportunities for discussion under conditions of common interest. Such shared intentionality, basic to cooperation is proposed as the signal difference between humans and other primates. In the social domain such shared intentionality is basic to theories of social capital and the importance of human associations to the future of democracy.


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