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date: 26 September 2022

sympoiesis 

Source:
A Dictionary of Critical Theory
Author(s):

Ian Buchanan

Donna *Harraway’s replacement term for Maturana and Varela’s concept of *autopoiesis, which she objects to on the grounds that no ‘thing’ makes itself. It is worth noting that this is something of a misreading of Maturana and Varela, since they do not claim that the autopoietic machine, as they call it, produces itself. It would be more accurate to say that autopoiesis refers to a process of self-reproduction. Nonetheless, as Haraway defines it in ... ...

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