Author: Humberto R. Maturana


Board Member of Constructivist Foundations

Escuela Matríztica de Santiago, Chile

Short Bio

Born in Chile in 1928, Humberto Maturana Romesín was interested in animals and plants from childhood and wanted to be a biologist to investigate life that dies. A long period of reflection, reading Frederic Nietzsche and Julian Huxley, occurred during three years of complete bed rest.Beginning medicine in 1950, in1958 he received a Ph.D. in Biology from Harvard University. His main contributions in biology related to showing that living beings are molecular autopoietic systems, and that if one follows the consequences of the fact that living beings do not distinguish in their experience between perception and illusion, one can show that: language as a biological phenomenon occurs as a flow of living together in coordinations of coordinations of consensual behaviors; and cognition as a biological phenomenon occurs when an organism operates adequately to the circumstances of its living, conserving its autopoiesis as a consequence of the operational-relational coherences with its niche that are proper to it in the present of its living as a feature of the history of evolutionary structural drift to which it belongs. At least this is what he claims in the present moment.

Publications in Constructivist Foundations

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Approaches covered: This is the list of constructivist approaches covered in Humberto R. Maturana’s publications in Constructivist Foundations. For a list of all approaches see http://approaches.cepa.info
Biology of Cognition · Theory of Autopoiesis
Disciplines covered: This is the list of all disciplines referred to by Humberto R. Maturana’s publications in Constructivist Foundations. For a list of all disciplines see http://disciplines.cepa.info
Biology · Consciousness Science · Epistemology · History · Philosophy


Humberto R. Maturana (2017)

Diseases: Loss of Inner Harmonies?

Constructivist Foundations 13(1): 149–150

Humberto R. Maturana (2016)

Confusion of Reflective Domains?

Constructivist Foundations 11(2): 213–214

Humberto R. Maturana (2015)

What Is Sociology?

Constructivist Foundations 10(2): 176–179

Humberto R. Maturana (2014)

Understanding Social Systems?

Constructivist Foundations 9(2): 187–188

Humberto R. Maturana, Michel Bitbol & Pier Luigi Luisi (2012)

The Transcendence of the Observer. Discussions at the Conference “The Ethical Meaning of Francisco Varela’s Thought”

Constructivist Foundations 7(3): 174–179

Biology of Cognition > Epistemology

Humberto R. Maturana (2012)

Reflections on My Collaboration with Francisco Varela

Constructivist Foundations 7(3): 155–164

Biology of Cognition > History

Humberto R. Maturana, Alberto Paucar-Caceres & Roger Harnden (2011)

Origins and Implications of Autopoiesis. Preface to the Second Edition of De Máquinas y Seres Vivos

Constructivist Foundations 6(3): 293–306

Theory of Autopoiesis > History

Humberto R. Maturana (2008)

Anticipation and Self-consciousness. Are these Functions of the Brain?

Constructivist Foundations 4(1): 18–20

Biology of Cognition > Consciousness Science · Philosophy

Humberto R. Maturana (2008)

The Biological Foundations of Virtual Realities and Their Implications for Human Existence

Constructivist Foundations 3(2): 109–114

Biology of Cognition > Biology · Epistemology

Humberto R. Maturana (2007)

Systemic versus Genetic Determination

Constructivist Foundations 3(1): 21–26

Biology of Cognition > Biology · Epistemology

Humberto R. Maturana (2006)

Self-consciousness: How? When? Where?

Constructivist Foundations 1(3): 91–102

Biology of Cognition > Biology · Epistemology

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