Baecker D. (1996) A note on composition. Systems Research 13(3): 195–204. https://cepa.info/2929
A note on composition.
Systems Research 13(3): 195–204.
Fulltext at https://cepa.info/2929
It is characteristic of Heinz von Foerster’s approach to the cybernetics of cybernetics that it combines a sense of tight reasoning with the acknowledgment of fundamental ignorance. The article attempts to uncover an epistemological relationship between the reasoning and the ignorance. The relationship is provided for by a razor which reads: what can be described in relation to its composition, is described in vain in relation to its substance. The razor asks for second-order terms instead of first-order terms, or for ontogenetics instead of ontology.