David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Ezio Di Nucci
Jonathan Jenkins Ichikawa
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1992:329 - 334 (1992)
Numerous critiques of Monod's biophilosophical ideas have created a picture of an eminent scientist whose philosophical considerations are founded on the old-fashioned cartesian world-view, and he is still cited as one of the strongest and most radical reductionists in contemporary biology. Yet in his scientific papers, published in the early sixties, Monod defends an idea which suggests a quite different interpretation of the cellular control systems. This idea persists in his later book "Chance and Necessity", contradicting his own mechanistic and reductionistic inferences. In his scientific analysis Monod reveals not only the molecular mechanisms of the teleonomical performances of the cell, but also their biological specificity, which does not allow for their reduction to merely chemical processes, although they are grounded on such processes and can be explained by them. However, in his philosophical interpretation of teleonomy he remains at the level of the chemical basis of these processes and does not take into account their biological specificity. If one abstracts Monod's scientific analysis from his philosophical interpretation, one can find in the former some ideas suggesting a different, non-mechanistic interpretation of biological phenomena.
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
No categories specified
(categorize this paper)
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
A. E. Wilder-Smith (1975). God, to Be or Not to Be?: A Critical Analysis of Monod's Scientific Materialism. Hänssler.
Jacques Monod (1971). Chance and Necessity. New York,Vintage Books.
Spas Spassov (1991). Objectivité scientifique et réductionnisme chez Jacques Monod. Bulletin de la Société Américaine de Philosophie de Langue Française 3 (2):85-94.
E. Monod & Hk Klein, A Phenomenological Evaluation Framework for Cultural Heritage Interpretation: From E-HS to Heidegger's Historicity.
John A. Miles (1974). Jacques Monod and the Cure of Souls. Zygon 9 (1):22-43.
Louis Valcke (1972). L'Anti-finalisme de Jacques Monod. Dialogue 11 (4):546-568.
Alexander Rosenberg (2006). Darwinian Reductionism, or, How to Stop Worrying and Love Molecular Biology. University of Chicago Press.
Jacques Monod (1969). From Biology to Ethics. San Diego, Calif.,Salk Institute for Biological Studies.
Germain Dandenault (1974). Quelques notes et questions sur le Hasard et la nécessité de Jacques Monod. Dialogue 13 (2):355-361.
Thure Von Uexkuell (1990). The Unity of the Natural Sciences: Comment on Portmann. Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 15 (5):473-480.
Timothy A. O. Endicott (1994). Putting Interpretation in its Place. Law and Philosophy 13 (4):451 - 479.
Kari L. Theurer (2013). Compositional Explanatory Relations and Mechanistic Reduction. Minds and Machines 23 (3):287-307.
Christopher Southgate & Andrew Robinson (2010). Interpretation and the Origin of Life. Zygon 45 (2):345-360.
Leon Horsten (2010). Having an Interpretation. [REVIEW] Philosophical Studies 150 (3):449 - 459.
Added to index2011-05-29
Total downloads2 ( #725,326 of 1,938,583 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #452,035 of 1,938,583 )
How can I increase my downloads?