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MENDEZ SANTOS, Isidro E. The biological theory of knowledge as a bridge of articulation between the natural and social sciences. Rev Hum Med [online]. 2018, vol.18, n.2, pp.176-194. ISSN 1727-8120.

The importance of the biological theory of the knowledge (Humberto Maturana, Francisco Varela and his followers), for understanding the existent articulation between the biological and social phenomena, are explained. Methods of the theoretic level (analytical-synthetical, inductive-deductive, historic-logician and ascension from abstractness to concrete) to systematize information obtained from the bibliography and from the vocational experience of the author, with emphasis in doctors' and masters' formation in pedagogy were used. From this theoretic position, the appearing of the elemental forms of the cognition in the operation of the autopoietic systems and the importance of the coordination of the behaviour for a join structural connection with the environment, for the evolution toward more complexes forms like the reflexive conscience are explained. Some valuations about the positioning of this theory in the contemporary context of the philosophy, sociology, psychology and the sciences of the education are presented.

Palabras clave : Cognition; autopoiesis; theory of the knowledge.

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