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Autopoiesis, Biological Autonomy and the Process View of Life

Meincke, Anne Sophie (2018) Autopoiesis, Biological Autonomy and the Process View of Life. [Preprint]

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In recent years, an increasing number of theoretical biologists and philosophers of biology have been opposing reductionist research agendas by appealing to the concept of biological autonomy which draws on the older concept of autopoiesis. In my paper, I shall investigate some of the ontological implications of this approach. The emphasis on autonomy and autopoiesis, together with the associated idea of organisational closure, might evoke the impression that organisms are to be categorised ontologically as substances: ontologically independent, well-individuated, discrete particulars. However, I shall argue that this is mistaken. Autopoiesis and biological autonomy, properly understood, require a rigorous commitment to a process ontological view of life.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Meincke, Anne Sophiea.s.meincke@exeter.ac.uk0000-0002-1650-9421
Additional Information: Forthcoming in: European Journal for Philosophy of Science (2018), EPSA 2017 Proceedings revised version submitted on 15th June 2018; accepted on 8th August 2018
Keywords: Autopoiesis, biological autonomy, organism, organisational closure, metabolism, substance ontology, process ontology
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
Specific Sciences > Biology
General Issues > Reductionism/Holism
Depositing User: Dr. Anne Sophie Meincke
Date Deposited: 13 Aug 2018 04:31
Last Modified: 13 Aug 2018 04:31
Item ID: 14926
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
Specific Sciences > Biology
General Issues > Reductionism/Holism
Date: 12 August 2018
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/14926

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