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The walls within: working with defenses against otherness

Online Conference 5-11 July 2021

Lacan and Maturana: Constructivist Origins for a 3rd order Cybernetics

We examine some difficulties in the use made of second-order cybernetics, and the absence within radical constructivism of a theory of the subject. We introduce Lacan's approach to the subject particularly in the structure of discourse. We consider the implications this conception has both in the need for a third order cybernetics, and for a formulation of an ethics based on calling into question the subject's relation to this third order as it manifests itself in transference.