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Foerster H. von & Müller K. H. (2003) Action without utility: An immodest proposal for the cognitive foundation of behavior. Cybernetics & Human Knowing 10(3–4): 27–50. Fulltext at
In this article, several of Heinz von Foerster’s papers have been recombined in order to demonstrate that during the late sixties and seventies he has developed a grand unified theory of cognition which is far more radical, complex and encompassing than subsequent or even contemporary approaches. Furthermore, the article demonstrates that working with a series of recombinative operators one is able to generate new contents out of already published materials. Finally, as a last leitmotif, Heinz von Foerster’s cognitive action program turns out to be a devastating criticism of intentional action frameworks like Rational Choice and paves the way for a most promising alternative research path.


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