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Radical Philosophy Review

Volume 24, Issue 1, 2021

Elisabeth Paquette
Pages 1-19

Autopoietic Systems
Organizing Cellular and Political Spaces

In Autopoiesis and Cognition (1980), Humberto R. Maturana and Franscico J. Varela state that “the way an autopoietic system maintains its identity depends on its particular way of being autopoietic, that is, on its particular structure, different classes of autopoietic systems have different classes of ontogenies” (98). With this in mind, in this article I develop how this conception of autopoietic systems is both present in, and operates through, Wynter’s employment of space and place, poetry, and wonder.

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