Assuming in biology the reality of real virtuality (a come back for entelechy?)

Ludus Vitalis 19 (36):333-342 (2011)
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Armando Aranda-Anzaldo
Universidad Autónoma Del Estado De México
Abstract
Since Aristotle the central question in biology was the origin of organic form; a question put in the backyard by neo-Darwinism that considers organic form as a side effect of the interactions between genes and their products. On the other hand, the fashionable notion of self-organization also fails to provide a true causal explanation for organic form. For Aristotle form is both a cause and the principle of intelligibility and this coupled to the classical concepts of potentiality and actuality provides a rational framework,currently embodied in the contemporary concept of ‘attractor’, for understanding the origin of organic form.
Keywords Aristotle  Attractor  Form  Molecular Biology  Morphogenesis
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