Open peer commentary on the article “Social Autopoiesis?” by Hugo Urrestarazu. Upshot: We agree on the need to explore a concept of social autopoiesis that goes beyond a strictly human-centered concept of social systems as autopoietic communicative systems. But both Hugo Urrestarazu and Niklas Luhmann neglect the importance of semiosis in understanding communication, and this has important implications for the question of a more general approach to social systems.
Alrøe H. F. & Noe E. (2014) Communication, Autopoiesis and Semiosis. Constructivist Foundations 9(2): 183–185. Available at http://constructivist.info/9/2/183.alroe
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