Organism and the Origins of Self

  • Alfred I. Tauber

Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 129)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Alfred I. Tauber
    Pages 41-41
  3. Francisco J. Varela
    Pages 79-107
  4. Leon Chernyak, Alfred I. Tauber
    Pages 109-156
  5. Alfred I. Tauber
    Pages 157-158
  6. Robert S. Root-Bernstein
    Pages 159-209
  7. Alfred I. Tauber
    Pages 211-212
  8. Alfred I. Tauber
    Pages 273-274
  9. Alfred I. Tauber
    Pages 297-298
  10. Donald I. Williamson
    Pages 299-336
  11. Alfred I. Tauber
    Pages 337-340
  12. Scott F. Gilbert
    Pages 341-360
  13. Dorion Sagan, Lynn Margulis
    Pages 361-374
  14. Back Matter
    Pages 375-384

About this book


"De la vaporisation et de la centralisation du Moi. Tout est la. " Charles Baudelaire (journal entry) This anthology is my visit to Oz. On sabbatical in 1988, I chose to reeducate myself in general biology, first broadening my erudition as an immunologist, and then extending that horizon into evolutionary biology and embryology. I was particularly attracted to reflections on the nature of the self as an organ­ ismic concept. I went in search of reorientation as a confused physician­ scientist, and came back with this book. Baum's Wizard of Oz presented opportunities for growth, and herein lies the purpose of this volume: in providing updated statements concerning the nature of the organism from both scientific and metaphysical perspectives, we might ponder the philo­ sophical basis of our research in the hope of gaining insight into our endeavor, not to mention the possibility of its enrichment; it is this contem­ plative view of our research which offers a unique dimension to this anthology. To that end, the project follows my idiosyncratic prejudices. The anthology derives in large measure from the symposium, "Organism and the Origin of Self' held at Boston University, April 3-4, 1990, under the auspices of the Boston University Center for the Philosophy and History of Science, with generous support of Robert Cohen and Jon Westling, and the organizational skills of Deborah Wilkes. The Symposium presented three ver­ sions of the Self from the vantages of embryology, evolution and medicine.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Alfred I. Tauber
    • 1
  1. 1.Boston University School of MedicineUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1991
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-0-7923-1185-0
  • Online ISBN 978-94-011-3406-4
  • Series Print ISSN 0068-0346
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