Author M. Villalobos
Mario Villalobos obtained a Masters in philosophy at the University of Chile, and received his PhD in Philosophy of Mind and Cognitive Science from the University of Edinburgh. He is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the School of Psychology and Philosophy, University of Tarapacá, Chile, and Associate Researcher at the Institute of Philosophy and Complexity Sciences (IFICC), Chile. His main areas of research are the autopoietic theory of living beings, the enactive approach, and cybernetics. In particular, Mario develops and defends a Strict Naturalistic approach to cognitive science, which he takes to be a philosophical reconstruction and deepening of Ashby’s cybernetics and Maturana’s biology of cognition.

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Abramova K. & Villalobos M. (2015) The apparent (ur-)intentionality of living beings and the game of content. Philosophia 43(3): 651–668. Fulltext at
Dewhurst J. & Villalobos M. (2017) The enactive automaton as a computing mechanism. Thought: A Journal of Philosophy 6(3): 185–192. Fulltext at
Métais F. & Villalobos M. (2022) Levinas’ otherness: An ethical dimension for enactive sociality. Topoi 41(2): 327–339.
Villalobos M. (2013) Autopoiesis, life, mind and cognition: Bases for a proper naturalistic continuity. Biosemiotics 6(3): 379–391. Fulltext at
Villalobos M. (2013) Enactive cognitive science: Revisionism or revolution. Adaptive Behavior 21(3): 159–167. Fulltext at
Villalobos M. (2015) Biological roots of cognition and the social origins of mind: Autopoietic theory, strict naturalism and cybernetics. PhD Thesis, The University of Edinburgh, UK. Fulltext at
Villalobos M. (2016) Nonequilibrium thermodynamic stability: The apparent teleology of living beings. In: Gershenson C., Froese T., Siqueiros J. M., Aguilar W., Izquierdo E. J. & Sayama H. (eds.) Proceedings of the Artificial Life Conference 2016. MIT Press, Cambridge MA: 702–703. Fulltext at
Villalobos M. (2020) Living beings as autopoietic bodies. Adaptive Behavior 28(1): 51–58. Fulltext at
Villalobos M. (2022) The Concepts of Mind and Cognition in the Autopoietic Theory. Constructivist Foundations 18(1): 026–027. Fulltext at
Villalobos M. & Dewhurst J. (2016) Cognición, computación y sistemas dinámicos: Vías para una posible integración teórica [Cognition, computing and dynamic systems: Possible ways of theoretical integration]. Límite. Revista Interdisciplinaria de Filosofía y Psicología 11(36): 20–31. Fulltext at
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