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Design Principles as Minimal Models

Fang, Wei (2024) Design Principles as Minimal Models. [Preprint]

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In this essay I suggest that we view design principles in systems biology as minimal models, for a design principle usually exhibits universal behaviors that are common to a whole range of heterogeneous (living and nonliving) systems with different underlying mechanisms. A well-known design principle in systems biology, integral feedback control, is discussed, showing that it satisfies all the conditions for a model to be a minimal model. This approach has significant philosophical implications: it not only accounts for how design principles explain, but also helps clarify one dispute over design principles, e.g., whether design principles provide mechanistic explanations or a distinct kind of explanations called design explanations.

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Item Type: Preprint
Fang, Weiwesleyfang@outlook.com0000000198560599
Keywords: design principles; mechanism; mechanistic explanation
Subjects: General Issues > Explanation
Depositing User: Dr. Wei Fang
Date Deposited: 08 May 2024 18:46
Last Modified: 08 May 2024 18:46
Item ID: 23386
Subjects: General Issues > Explanation
Date: 2024

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