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Devouring One´s Own Tail

Devouring One´s Own Tail

Autopoiesis in Perspective

Kolman, VojtěchMurár, Tomáš (eds.)

subjects: philosophy, literary criticism, religion

paperback, 332 pp., 1. edition
translation: Turner, Gerald - Jones, Philip
published: october 2022
ISBN: 978-80-246-5131-6
recommended price: 500 czk



Inspired by Niklas Luhmann’s theories on social systems, this book examines the concept of autopoiesis, or self-creation, as it relates to society and culture. Approaching the concept from a variety of fields—philosophy, philology, aesthetics, linguistics, archaeology, and religious and media studies—the contributors present the products of humanity as self-referential, self-sustaining, and self-creating systems. Through four sections, the book addresses the philosophical concept of autopoiesis and its relations to creativity, destruction, and self-organization; autopoiesis in literature and art history; autopoiesis in religion; and autopoiesis in historiography, cognitive linguistics, and social media. Whether exploring Hegel’s theory of knowledge or the viral spread of conspiracy theories on the internet, the authors concentrate on the ouroboros-like nature of their subjects in the ways they feed off of themselves.