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Krüll M., Luhmann N. & Maturana H. R. (1987) Grundkonzepte der Theorie autopoietischer Systeme: Neun Fragen an Niklas Luhmann und Humberto Maturana und ihre Antworten [Basic concepts of the theory of autopoietic systems. Nine questions to Niklas Luhmann and Humberto Maturana and their answers]. Zeitschrift für Systemische Therapie 5(1): 4–25. Fulltext at
Abstract: MATURANAs Theorie lebender Systeme besitzt für systemische Therapeuten große Attraktivität. Darüberhinaus findet sie Eingang in den Bereich der Soziologie. LUHMANN verwendet einige Konzepte davon für seine Theorie sozialer Systeme. In diesem Beitrag nehmen MATURANA und LUHMANN zu einigen grundlegenden systemtheoretischen Fragen Stellung. – MATURANAs theory of living systems has fascinated systemic therapists. His theory is also entering the field of sociology. LUHMANN uses some of these concepts for his theory of social systems. In this paper both MATURANA as well as LUHMANN comment an some basic issues of systems theory.
Krüll posed a set of nine questions to both Luhmann and Maturana, then collated their answers and her own commentary. Citations vary on author attributions; many list Krüll as sole author. English translation: Krüll M., Luhmann N. & Maturana H. R. (1989) Basic concepts of the theory of autopoietic systems: Nine questions to Niklas Luhmann and Humberto R. Maturana and their answers. In: Hargens J. (ed.) Systemic therapy: A European perspective (Systemic Studies Vol. 1). Borgmann, Broadstairs Kent UK: 79–104.

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