Dispensability of Teleonomy

  • Humberto R. Maturana
  • Francisco J. Varela
Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science book series (BSPS, volume 42)


Teleology and teleonomy are notions employed in discourse, descriptive and explanatory, about living systems, and although it is claimed that they do not necessarily enter as causal elements in their functioning, it is asserted that they are essential definitory features of their organization. Our present aim is to show that in the light of the preceding discussion, these notions are unnecessary for the understanding of the living organization.


Living System Preceding Discussion Causal Connection Early State Internal Project 
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© D. Reidel Publishing Company, Dordrecht, Holland 1980

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  • Humberto R. Maturana
  • Francisco J. Varela

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