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History, Philosophy and Theory of the Life Sciences

Biological Autonomy

A Philosophical and Theoretical Enquiry

Authors: Moreno, Alvaro, Mossio, Matteo

  • Comprehensive overview of the philosophical and theoretical debate on the idea of biological autonomy, and its relations with cognitive skills
  • Integrated framework for the theory of biological autonomy, that opens up new perspectives for the understanding of biological phenomena
  • Enabling a full interaction with existing theories and approaches
  • Clearly structured overview of the constitutive, interactive and historical dimension of autonomy
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About this book

Since Darwin, Biology has been framed on the idea of evolution by natural selection, which has profoundly influenced the scientific and philosophical comprehension of biological phenomena and of our place in Nature. This book argues that contemporary biology should progress towards and revolve around an even more fundamental idea, that of autonomy. Biological autonomy describes living organisms as organised systems, which are able to self-produce and self-maintain as integrated entities, to establish their own goals and norms, and to promote the conditions of their existence through their interactions with the environment.

Topics covered in this book include organisation and biological emergence, organisms, agency, levels of autonomy, cognition, and a look at the historical dimension of autonomy. The current development of scientific investigations on autonomous organisation calls for a theoretical and philosophical analysis. This can contribute to the elaboration of an original understanding of life - including human life - on Earth, opening new perspectives and enabling fecund interactions with other existing theories and approaches. This book takes up the challenge.

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“This volume provides a comprehensive overview of issues in the philosophy of biology and how these relate to current concerns of theoretical biology. … book allows a reader interested in understanding the current status of philosophy of biology access to the key issues and contributors as well as the case for the particular approach advocated by Moreno and Massio. … Biological Autonomy could be an effective resource in upper-division courses and graduate seminars on philosophy of biology and/or theoretical biology.” (Bruce H. Weber, Science & Education, November, 2015)


Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Constraints and Organisational Closure

    Moreno, Alvaro (et al.)

    Pages 1-38

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  • Biological Emergence and Inter-level Causation

    Moreno, Alvaro (et al.)

    Pages 39-61

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  • Teleology, Normativity and Functionality

    Moreno, Alvaro (et al.)

    Pages 63-87

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  • Agency

    Moreno, Alvaro (et al.)

    Pages 89-109

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  • Evolution: The Historical Dimension of Autonomy

    Moreno, Alvaro (et al.)

    Pages 111-139

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eBook 83,29 €
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Hardcover 103,99 €
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Softcover 103,99 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Biological Autonomy
Book Subtitle
A Philosophical and Theoretical Enquiry
Authors
Series Title
History, Philosophy and Theory of the Life Sciences
Series Volume
12
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-017-9837-2
DOI
10.1007/978-94-017-9837-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-017-9836-5
Softcover ISBN
978-94-024-0564-4
Series ISSN
2211-1948
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXXIV, 221
Number of Illustrations and Tables
19 b/w illustrations
Topics