The ethics in japanese information society: Consideration on francisco Varela's the embodied mind from the perspective of fundamental informatics [Book Review]

Ethics and Information Technology 8 (4):237-242 (2006)
Abstract
The ethics in an information society is discussed from the combined viewpoint of Eastern and Western thoughts. The breakdown of a coherent self threatens the Western ethics and causes nihilism. Francisco Varela, one of the founders of Autopoiesis Theory, tackled this problem and proposed Enactive Cognitive Science by introducing Buddhist middle-way philosophy. Fundamental Informatics gives further insights into the problem, by proposing the concept of a hierarchical autopoietic system. Here the ethics can be described in relation to a community rather than a coherent self. The philosophical bridge between East and West is expected to solve the ethical aporia in the 21st century
Keywords Buddhism   Japan   autopoiesis   community   eastern philosophy   enactive cognitive science   ethics   fundamental informatics   information society
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