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What you get is what you see: A contribution to an epistemology of imagination

Journal/Book: Syst Res. 1996; 13: 605 Third Ave, New York, NY 10158-0012. John Wiley & Sons Inc. 215-228.

Abstract: How may mental activity be conceptualized within the context of the epistemology engendered by cybernetics, and how may that epistemology account for imagination? I argue for an epistemology of imagination that both distinguishes imagination, understanding and interpretation, and unites all three concepts in a dialogical circle of ideas. The processes of distinguishing these concepts (and the processes that give rise to and describe mental activities) are dialogical processes. As dialogical, they fall within the scope of Heinz von Foerster's work on second-order cybernetics.

Note: Article G Barnes, Inform Lab Rasundavagen 152, S-17130 Solna, Sweden

Keyword(s): cybernetics; second-order cybernetics; epistemology; imagination; understanding; interpretation; von Foerster

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