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    Hylomorphism and the Metabolic Closure Conception of Life.James DiFrisco - 2014 - Acta Biotheoretica 62 (4):499-525.
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    Élan Vital Revisited: Bergson and the Thermodynamic Paradigm.James DiFrisco - 2015 - Southern Journal of Philosophy 53 (1):54-73.
    The received view of Bergson's philosophy of life is that it advances some form of vitalism under the heading of an “élan vital.” This paper argues against the vitalistic interpretation of Bergson's élan vital as it appears in Creative Evolution in favor of an interpretation based on his overlooked reflections on entropy and energetics. Within the interpretation developed here, the élan vital is characterized not as a spiritualistic “vital force” but as a tendency of organization opposed to the tendency of (...)
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    Time Scales and Levels of Organization.James DiFrisco - 2017 - Erkenntnis 82 (4):795-818.
    The concept of levels of organization, despite its widespread scientific currency, has recently been criticized by a number of philosophers of science. This paper diagnoses the main source of problems facing theories of levels. On this basis, the problems with the usual criteria for distinguishing levels are evaluated: compositional relations, organizational types, and spatial scales. Drawing on some work on hierarchies in ecology, I argue in favor of an alternative conception of levels defined by the criterion of rates or time (...)
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    Ontological Issues in the Life Sciences.James DiFrisco, Gaëlle Pontarotti, Federico Boem, Guillaume Schlaepfer, Ewelina Sokolowska & Eva Fernández-Labandera - 2015 - Biological Theory 10 (2):176-181.
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    Token Physicalism and Functional Individuation.James DiFrisco - 2018 - European Journal for Philosophy of Science 8 (3):309-329.
    Token physicalism is often viewed as a modest and unproblematic physicalist commitment, as contrasted with type physicalism. This paper argues that the prevalence of functional individuation in biology creates serious problems for token physicalism, because the latter requires that biological entities can be individuated physically and without reference to biological functioning. After characterizing the main philosophical roles for token physicalism, I describe the distinctive uses of functional individuation in models of biological processes. I then introduce some requirements on token identity (...)
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    Functional Explanation and the Problem of Functional Equivalence.James DiFrisco - 2017 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 65:1-8.
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    Nature Rendered "Intelligible": On Thomas Nagel's Mind and Cosmos. [REVIEW]James DiFrisco - 2015 - Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology 46 (1):79-86.
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    Merleau-Ponty's Ontology of Life.James DiFrisco - 2012 - Pli: The Warwick Journal of Philosophy 23:35-50.
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  9. Merleau-Ponty’s Ontology of Life.James Difrisco - 2012 - Pli 23.
     
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