Cybernetics and Human Knowing is a quarterly international multi- and transdisciplinary journal focusing on second-order cybernetics and cybersemiotic approaches.

The journal is devoted to the new understandings of the self-organizing processes of information and signification in living and artificial systems as well as human knowing that have arisen through second order cybernetics and autopoiesis and their relation to and relevance for other interdisciplinary approaches such as C.S. Peirce's semiotics and biosemiotics. This new development within the area of knowledge-directed processes is a non- or transdisciplinary approach. Through the concept of self-reference it explores: cognition, communication and languaging in all of its manifestations; our understanding of organization and information in human, artificial and natural systems; and our understanding of understanding within the natural and social sciences, humanities, computer, information and library science, and in social practices like design, education, organization, teaching, medicine, therapy, art, management and politics.

Because of the interdisciplinary character articles are written in such a way that people from other domains can understand them. Articles from practitioners will be accepted in a special section. All articles are peer-reviewed.

Executive Editors

In Honor of Deceased Editors

  • Peter Bøgh Andersen
  • Evelyne Andrewsky
  • Stafford Beer
  • Heinz von Foerster
  • Ranulph Glanville
  • Ernst von Glasersfeld
  • Jesper Hoffmeyer
  • Niklas Luhmann
  • Roland Posner
  • Thomas Sebeok
  • Robert Vallée
  • Fransisco Varela
  • Editorial Board


    Affiliation & Location

    Dirk Baecker U. Witten / Herdecke Fakultaet fuer Writschaftswissenschaft, Germany
    M.C. Bateson George Mason Univ. Fairfax VA 22030, USA
    Sara Cannizzaro Middlesex University, Hendon, UK
    Rafael Capurro University of Applied Sciences, Stuttgart, Germany
    Paul Cobley Media dept., Middlesex University, London, UK
    Marcel Danesi Semiotics and Communication Studies, Toronto U. Canada
    Phillip Guddemi The International Bateson Institute, Sacramento, California, USA
    Michael C. Jackson The Business School, U. of Hull, Hull, UK
    Kathrine E. L. Johansson IBC, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
    Louis Kauffman Dep. of Math. Stat. Comp. Sci. Univ. of Illinois, Chicago, IL, USA
    Klaus Krippendroff School of Communications, Univ. of Pennsylvania, PA, USA
    George E. Lasker School of Computer Science, Univ. of Windsor, Canada
    Ervin Laszlo The General Evolution Group, Montescudaio, Italy
    Humberto Maturana Univ. de Chile, Santiago, Chile
    John Mingers Canterbury Business School, Univ. of Kent, UK
    Edgar Morin Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, France
    Winfred Nöth Wiss. Zent. f Kulturforschung, U. Of Kassel, Germany
    Steffen Roth ESC Rennes School of Business, Arbrissel, FR
    Kjell Samuelson Stockholm U. & Royal Inst. Of Technology, Sweden
    Bernard Scott Cranfield University at the Royal Military Collage, UK
    Fred Steier Interdisciplinary Studies University of South Florida
    Ole Thyssen Dep. of Management, Politics and Philosophy, Copenhagen School of Economics, Denmark