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Maturana H. R. & Varela F. J. (1980) Autopoiesis and cognition: The realization of the living. Reidel, Boston.
This volume reprints (in order of appearance) Maturana H. R. (1970) Biology of cognition and a second paper labeled as Maturana & Varela (1973; Autopoiesis: The organization of the living), along with an extended introduction by Maturana. The second paper includes a preface by Stafford Beer and a glossary. The characterization of the second paper is anomalous, because no English language publication with this title was published in 1973. This volume’s front matter states the paper was originally published as De máquinas y seres vivos Maturana H. R. & Varela F. J. (1973) De máquinas y seres vivos: Autopoiesis: La organización de lo vivo. However, that 1973 book represented a Spanish translation of an original manuscript in English, finalized in 1972 and presumably first appearing in its original English as Autopoietic systems Maturana H. R. & Varela F. J. (1975) Autopoietic systems: A characterization of the living organization. Owing to the fact that no translation is credited, the most reasonable interpretation is that this second paper derived from that English manuscript (perhaps by way of the 1975 BCL report) and not the 1973 Spanish translation per se. The organization of the 1980 volume indicates the Stafford Beer preface and glossary were components of the second paper. Notes by Milan Zeleny and Albert Müller indicate Beer’s preface appeared in the 1975 BCL publication.
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