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Maturana H. R. (2001) Teorias científicas e filosóficas. Chapter 3 in: Cognição, ciência e vida cotidiana. Translated by Cristina Magro and Víctor Paredes. Editora UFMG, Belo Horizonte: 161–172. Fulltext at
Excerpt: My purpose in this commentary is not only to show the nature of the difference between scientific and philosophical theories but also to reflect on the consequences of their use in the realm of human actions. In order to meet this goal, in the following, I will first say a few words about explanations and theories in general, and then I will describe what I think scientists and philosophers do, showing the different goals with which philosophers and scientists perform their respective theorizations. Finally, I will reflect on the various consequences, to justify our actions in the field of human relations, the different types of theories that we, scientists and philosophers, generate as a result of our different objectives.
Original publication: Maturana H. R. (1991) Scientific and philosophical theories. In: Leser N., Serfert J. & Plitzner K. (eds.) Die Gedankenwelt Sir Karl Popper: Kritischer Rationalismus im Dialog. Carl Winter Universitätsverlag, Heidelberg: 358–368.

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