Co-emergences in life and science: a double proposal for biological emergentism [Book Review]

Synthese 185 (2):273-294 (2012)
This article addresses the problem of emergence through a distinction, often neglected in the literature, between two different aspects of this issue: (1) the theoretical problem of providing modelizations able to explain the expression of emergent properties; (2) the epistemological problem of warranting the scientific value of the emergentist descriptions of nature. This paper considers this double issue with regard to the biological domain, and proposes a double solution (theoretical and epistemological) originally developed in early studies on self-organization. The underlying hypothesis is that this solution offers the current biological emergentism the opportunity of developing a coherent structure: matching consistently the theoretical and the epistemological frames of the research, that is, coupling the emergentist conception of life with an emergentist conception of science
Keywords Autonomy  Autopoiesis  Co-emergence  Dialog  Organizational closure  Self-organization
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DOI 10.1007/s11229-010-9725-3
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