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Closure, Function, Emergence, Semiosis and Life: The Same Idea? Reflections on the Concrete and the Abstract in Theoretical Biology.

Emmeche, Claus (2000) Closure, Function, Emergence, Semiosis and Life: The Same Idea? Reflections on the Concrete and the Abstract in Theoretical Biology. [Journal (Paginated)]

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In this note some epistemological problems in general theories about living systems are considered; in particular, the question of hidden connections between different areas of experience, such as folk biology and scientific biology, and hidden connections between central concepts of theoretical biology, such as function, semiosis, closure and life.

Item Type:Journal (Paginated)
Keywords:closure, emergence, emergent properties, life, experiential knowledge, concept of function, biofunction, functionality, semiosis, biosemiotics, prototypes, self-organization, autopoiesis, autocatalysis, semantic closure, theoretical biology, reification, abstraction, generality, scientism.
Subjects:Biology > Theoretical Biology
Philosophy > Epistemology
Philosophy > Philosophy of Language
Philosophy > Metaphysics
Philosophy > Philosophy of Science
ID Code:187
Deposited By:Emmeche, Claus
Deposited On:31 May 2000
Last Modified:11 Mar 2011 08:53

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