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Johnson D. K. (1991) Reclaiming reality: A philosophical critique of Maturana’s ontology of the observer. Methodologia 9: 7–31. Fulltext at https://cepa.info/4893
A major concern is to demonstrate the contradictory nature of Maturana’s conception of ontology. A realist view of the external world is presented, assuming that the independence of the common-sense and scientific entities of the world from our schemes of representation does not render the world an ineffable, inaccessible realm of unspecifiable objects. The theory of Maturana is examined in details with regard to a possible philosophical interpretation, concluding that though Maturana describes himself as presenting a doctrine free of all ontological commitments, that self-description is false.

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