SELF-ORGANIZATION AND EMERGENCE IN LIFE SCIENCES

  • BERNARD FELTZ
  • MARC CROMMELINCK
  • PHILIPPE GOUJON

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Part I - Scientific Approach

  3. Part II - Historic Approach

  4. Part III - Epistemological and Conceptual Approaches

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 271-271
    2. Robert N. Brandon
      Pages 267-281

About this book

Introduction

Self-organization constitutes one of the most important theoretical debates in contemporary life sciences. The present book explores the relevance of the concept of self-organization and its impact on such scientific fields as: immunology, neurosciences, ecology and theories of evolution.

Historical aspects of the issue are also broached. Intuitions relative to self-organization can be found in the works of such key western philosophical figures as Aristotle, Leibniz and Kant. Interacting with more recent authors and cybernetics, self-organization represents a notion in keeping with the modern world's discovery of radical complexity.

The themes of teleology and emergence are analyzed by philosophers of sciences with regards to the issues of modelization and scientific explanation.

The implications of self-organization for life sciences are here approached from an interdisciplinary angle, revealing the notion as already rewarding and full of promise for the future.

Keywords

Emergence Epistemology Evolution Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Self-organization Theoretical Biology artificial life biology life sciences

Editors and affiliations

  • BERNARD FELTZ
    • 1
  • MARC CROMMELINCK
    • 2
  • PHILIPPE GOUJON
    • 3
  1. 1.Institut Supérieur de PhilosophieUniversité Catholique de LouvainLouvain-la-NeuveBelgium
  2. 2.Laboratoire de NeurophysiologieUniversité Catholique de LouvainBruxellesBelgium
  3. 3.Facultés Universitaires Notre-Dame de la PaixNamurBelgium

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/1-4020-3917-4
  • Copyright Information Springer 2006
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4020-3916-4
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4020-3917-1
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