References/Bibliography on Autonomy

A non-exhaustive list of some literature on Autonomy:

Allport, G. W. (1937). The functional autonomy of motives. American Journal of Psychology, 50, 141-156.

Barandiaran, X. E. (2008). Mental Life: a naturalized approach to the autonomy of cognitive agents. (PhD Thesis). University of the Basque Country (UPV-EHU), Donostia – San Sebastián, Gipuzkoa, Spain.

Barandiaran, X. E., Di Paolo, E., & Rohde, M. (2009). Defining Agency: Individuality, Normativity, Asymmetry, and Spatio-temporality in Action. Adaptive Behavior, 17(5), 367-386. doi:10.1177/1059712309343819

Barandiaran, X., & Moreno, A. (2006). On What Makes Certain Dynamical Systems Cognitive: A Minimally Cognitive Organization Program. Adaptive Behavior, 14(2), 171-185. doi:10.1177/105971230601400208

Barandiaran, X., & Ruiz-Mirazo, K. (2008). Modelling autonomy: Simulating the essence of life and cognition. Biosystems, 91(2), 295-304. doi:10.1016/j.biosystems.2007.07.001

Bechtel, W. (2007). Biological mechanisms: Organized to maintain autonomy. In F. C. Boogerd (Ed.), Systems Biology; Philosophical Foundations. Elsevier, Amsterdam (pp. 269-302).

Beer, R. D. (2004). Autopoiesis and cognition in the game of life. Artificial Life, 10(3), 309–326.

Beer, R. D. (2004). Autopoiesis and cognition in the game of life. Artificial Life, 10(3), 309–326.

Bertschinger, N., Olbrich, E., Ay, N., & Jost, J. (2008). Autonomy: An information theoretic perspective. Biosystems, 91(2), 331-345. doi:10.1016/j.biosystems.2007.05.018

Bickhard, M. H. (2000). Autonomy, function, and representation. Communication and Cognition—Artificial Intelligence, 17(3-4), 111–131.

Bitbol, M., & Luisi, P. L. (2004). Autopoiesis with or without cognition: defining life at its edge. Journal of The Royal Society Interface, 1(1), 99-107. doi:10.1098/rsif.2004.0012

Boden, M. A. (2000). Autopoiesis and life. Cognitive Science Quarterly, 1(1), 117–145.

Bourgine, P., & Stewart, J. (2004). Autopoiesis and cognition. Artificial life, 10(3), 327–345.

Cárdenas, M. L., Letelier, J., Gutierrez, C., Cornish-Bowden, A., & Soto-Andrade, J. (2010). Closure to efficient causation, computability and artificial life. Journal of Theoretical Biology, 263(1), 79-92. doi:10.1016/j.jtbi.2009.11.010

Chemero, A., & Turvey, M. T. (2008). Autonomy and hypersets. BioSystems, 91(2), 320–330.

Christensen, W. D., & Bickhard, M. H. (2002). The Process Dynamics of Normative Function. The Monist, 85(1), 3–29.

Christensen, W. D., & Hooker, C. A. (2000). Autonomy and the emergence of intelligence: Organised interactive construction. Communication and Cognition, 17(3-4), 133–157.

Collier, J. (2000). Autonomy and process closure as the basis for functionality. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 901(1), 280-290.

Collier, J. (2002). What is autonomy. International Journal of Computing Anticipatory Systems, 12, 212–21.

Collier, J. (2004). Self-organization, individuation and identity. Revue Internationale de Philosophie, 151–172.

Cornish-Bowden, A., & Cárdenas, M. L. (2007). Organizational Invariance in (M, R)-Systems. Chemistry & Biodiversity, 4(10), 2396–2406.

Di Paolo, E. (2005). Autopoiesis, Adaptivity, Teleology, Agency. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, 4(4), 429-452. doi:10.1007/s11097-005-9002-y

Di Paolo, E. (2009). Extended Life. Topoi, 28(1), 9-21. doi:10.1007/s11245-008-9042-3

Di Paolo, E. A. (2003). Organismically-inspired robotics: homeostatic adaptation and teleology beyond the closed sensorimotor loop. In K. Murase & Asakura (Eds.), Dynamical systems approaches to embodiment and sociality (pp. 19-42). Adelaide: Advanced Knowledge International.

Di Paolo, E. A. (2004). Unbinding biological autonomy: Francisco Varela’s contributions to artificial life. Artificial Life, 10(3), 231–233.

Dickinson, A. (1985). Actions and Habits: The Development of Behavioural Autonomy. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences, Animal Intelligence, 308(1135), 67-78.

Egbert, M. D., & Di Paolo, E. (2009). Integrating Autopoiesis and Behavior: An Exploration in Computational Chemo-ethology. Adaptive Behavior, 17(5), 387-401. doi:10.1177/1059712309343821

Egbert, M. D., Barandiaran, X. E., & Di Paolo, E. A. (2010). Behavioral Metabolution: Metabolism based behavior enables new forms of adaptation and evolution. In Artificial Life XII: Proceedings of the Twelfth International Conference on the Simulation and Synthesis of Living Systems.

Egbert, M. D., Di Paolo, E., & Barandiaran, X. E. (2009). Chemo-ethology of a adaptive protocell: Sensor-less sensitivity to implicit viability conditions. In Proceedings of the Ninth European Conference on Artificial Life. Presented at the ECAL09, Budapest: Springer Verlag.

Fernando, C., & Rowe, J. (2008). The origin of autonomous agents by natural selection. BioSystems, 91(2), 355–373.

Froese, T. and Ziemke, T. (2009), “Enactive Artificial Intelligence: Investigating the systemic organization of life and mind”, Journal of Artificial Intelligence, 173(3-4), pp. 466-500

Iizuka, H., & Di Paolo, E. A. (2007). Toward Spinozist Robotics: Exploring the Minimal Dynamics of Behavioral Preference. Adaptive Behavior, 15(4), 359-376. doi:10.1177/1059712307084687

Maturana, H. R., & Varela, F. J. (1980). Autopoiesis and cognition. Springer.

Mavelli, F., & Ruiz-Mirazo, K. (2007). Stochastic simulations of minimal self-reproducing cellular systems. Philosophical Transactions B, 362(1486), 1789.

McGann, M. (2007). Enactive theorists do it on purpose: Toward an enactive account of goals and goal-directedness. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, 6(4), 463-483. doi:10.1007/s11097-007-9074-y

McMullin, B. (2004). Thirty years of computational autopoiesis: A review. Artificial Life, 10(3), 277–295.

Nuño de la Rosa, L. (2010). Becoming organisms: the organisation of development and the development of organisation. History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences, 32(2-3), 289-315.

Piedrafita, G., Montero, F., Morán, F., Cárdenas, M. L., & Cornish-Bowden, A. (2010). A Simple Self-Maintaining Metabolic System: Robustness, Autocatalysis, Bistability. PLoS Comput Biol, 6(8), e1000872. doi:10.1371/journal.pcbi.1000872

Rasmussen, S., Chen, L., Nilsson, M., & Abe, S. (2003). Bridging nonliving and living matter. Artificial Life, 9(3), 269–316.

Ruiz-Mirazo, K., & Mavelli, F. (2007). Simulation Model for Functionalized Vesicles: Lipid-Peptide Integration in Minimal Protocells. LECTURE NOTES IN COMPUTER SCIENCE, 4648, 32.

Ruiz-Mirazo, K., & Mavelli, F. (2008). On the way towards ‘basic autonomous agents’: Stochastic simulations of minimal lipid–peptide cells. BioSystems, 91(2), 374–387.

Ruiz-Mirazo, K., & Moreno, A. (1998). Autonomy and emergence: how systems become agents through the generation of functional constraints. Acta Polytechnica Scandinavica, Ma91, 273–282.

Ruiz-Mirazo, K., & Moreno, A. (2000). Searching for the roots of autonomy: The natural and artificial paradigms revisited. Communication and Cognition–Artificial Intelligence, 17(3-4), 209–228.

Ruiz-Mirazo, K., & Moreno, A. (2004). Basic Autonomy as a Fundamental Step in the Synthesis of Life. Artificial Life, 10(3), 235-259. doi:10.1162/1064546041255584

Ruiz-Mirazo, K., & Moreno, A. (2004). Basic autonomy as a fundamental step in the synthesis of life. Artificial Life, 10(3), 235–259.

Ruiz-Mirazo, K., Pereto, J., & Moreno, A. (2004). A universal definition of life: autonomy and open-ended evolution. Origins of Life and Evolution of the Biosphere, 34(3), 323–346.

Suzuki, K., & Ikegami, T. (2009). Shapes and self-movement in protocell systems. Artif. Life, 15(1), 59-70.

Tani, J. (2009). Autonomy of Self at Criticality: The Perspective from Synthetic Neuro-Robotics. Adaptive Behavior, 17(5), 421-443. doi:10.1177/1059712309344421

Thompson, E., & Stapleton, M. (2008). Making Sense of Sense-Making: Reflections on Enactive and Extended Mind Theories. Topoi, 28(1), 23-30. doi:10.1007/s11245-008-9043-2

Varela, F. (1992). Autopoiesis and a biology of intentionality. In Proceedings of a workshop on Autopoiesis and Percetion (pp. 4–14). Retrieved from

Varela, F. G., Maturana, H. R., & Uribe, R. (1974). Autopoiesis: the organization of living systems, its characterization and a model. Currents in modern biology, 5(4), 187.

Varela, F. J. (1979a). Principles of biological autonomy. English. New York: North Holland. Retrieved from

Varela, F. J. (1979b). Principles of Biological Autonomy. Prentice Hall.

Varela, F. J., & Bourgine, P. (1992). Introduction: Towards a Practice of Autonomous Systems. In F. J. Varela & P. Bourgine (Eds.), Proceedings of the 1st European Conference on Artificial Life (pp. xi-3). MIT Press. Retrieved from

Virgo, N., Egbert, M. & Froese, T. (forthcoming), “The Role of the Spatial Boundary in Autopoiesis”, in: Proc. of the 10th Euro. Conf. on Artificial Life, Berlin, Germany: Springer Verlag

Weber, A., & Varela, F. J. (2002). Life after Kant: Natural purposes and the autopoietic foundations of biological individuality. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, 1(2), 97–125.

Weiss, P. (1941). Autonomous versus Reflexogenous Activity of the Central Nervous System. Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society, 84(1), 53-64.


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