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Volume 10, Number 2
15 March 2015

Cover Art: “Fractured Solace” © Jeane Myers, 2014 · mixed media 40x30

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Table of Contents

Target Article

The Autopoiesis of Social Systems and its Criticisms

Hugo Cadenas & Marcelo Arnold-Cathalifaud

Open Peer Commentaries

What Is Sociology?

Humberto R. Maturana

Towards a Consistent Constructivist General Systems Theory

Hugo Urrestarazu

Does Social Systems Theory Need a General Theory of Autopoiesis?

Robert Drury King

Missing: The Socio-Political Dimension

John Stewart

Autopoiesis Applies to Social Systems Only

Milan Zeleny

Explaining Social Systems without Humans

Peter M. Hejl

Communication is Meaning-based Autopoiesis

Diane Laflamme

The Concept of Autopoiesis: Its Relevance and Consequences for Sociology

Giancarlo Corsi

Authors’ Response: On the Criticisms against the Autopoiesis of Social Systems

Hugo Cadenas & Marcelo Arnold-Cathalifaud

Target Article

Ontology, Reality and Construction in Niklas Luhmann’s Theory

Krzysztof C. Matuszek

Open Peer Commentaries

The Reality of Ontologies in Luhmann’s Work

Hugo Cadenas

“So, What Do You Think About Luhmann’s Ontology?”

Thomas Mavrofides

The Forgotten Temporal Dimension of Luhmann’s Constructivism

Raf Vanderstraeten

Ontogenesis, or: If You Want to Study Ontology, Do not Use Ontology

Athanasios Karafillidis

Society as Constructed Ontology?

Florian Grote

Searching and Finding Ontology

Armin Scholl

“Believe it or not!” - It’s About the Truth in Science (or the Unwillingness to Tolerate Ambiguities)

Heike Egner

Author’s Response: The Epistemological Argument

Krzysztof C. Matuszek

Target Article

What Can the Global Observer Know?

Diana Gasparyan

Open Peer Commentaries

How We Can Get an Observer Back

Igor Gasparov

Who Downed MH-17, or Do Collective Observations Interact Non-Linearly?

Manfred Füllsack

Human Knowledge and “As-If” Knowledge of Ideal Observers

Konstantin Pavlov-Pinus

Many Possible Observers Instead of the Global One

Peter Kügler

Transcending Illusions and Illusions of Transcendence

Vincent Kenny

Cognitive Evolution and the Idea of a Global Observer

Konrad Werner

How to Become Omniscient in 12 Easy Steps

Peter Cariani

Which Events is the World Made Of?

Stefano Franchi

Author’s Response: Denying the Global Observer

Diana Gasparyan

Reviews

Mysteries of Cognition. Review of Neocybernetics and Narrative by Bruce Clarke

Dirk Baecker

Opening a Door to Whitehead. Review of The Lure of Whitehead edited by Nicholas Gaskill and A. J. Nocek

Ronny Desmet

Primacy of Consciousness and Enactive Imagination. Review of Waking, Dreaming, Being: Self and Consciousness in Neuroscience, Meditation and Philosophy by Evan Thompson

Elizaveta Solomonova

Phenomenal Consciousness, Affectivity, and Conation: Where Extended Cognition Has Never Gone Before. Review of Feeling Extended: Sociality as Extended Body-Becoming-Mind by Douglas Robinson

Eric Imbeault & P. William Hughes

A Dynamic Expedition through the Affective Landscape. Review of The Feeling Body: Affective Science meets the Enactive Mind by Giovanna Colombetti

Mog Stapleton

Publication Review. Recent Books and Articles Related to Constructivist Approaches