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To Be Continued: The Genidentity of Physical and Biological Processes

Guay, Alexandre and Pradeu, Thomas (2015) To Be Continued: The Genidentity of Physical and Biological Processes. Individuals Across the Sciences. pp. 317-347.

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Abstract

The concept of genidentity has been proposed as a way to better understand identity through time, especially in physics and biology. The genidentity view is utterly anti-substantialist in so far as it suggests that the identity of X through time does not presuppose whatsoever the existence of a permanent “core” or “substrate” of X. Yet applications of this concept to real science have been scarce and unsatisfying. In this paper, our aim is to show that a well-defined concept of functional genidentity can be crucial to shed light on identity through time in classical physics and especially in biology. Finally, we show that understanding identity on the basis of continuity suggests a move towards an ontology of processes.


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
Creators:
CreatorsEmailORCID
Guay, Alexandrealexandre.guay@uclouvain.ne
Pradeu, Thomasthomas.pradeu@u-bordeaux.fr
Keywords: Genidentity, Process ontology, Biological individuality, Physical individuality, Soliton,
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology
General Issues > Philosophers of Science
Specific Sciences > Physics
Depositing User: Alexandre Guay
Date Deposited: 07 Aug 2015 13:36
Last Modified: 07 Aug 2015 13:36
Item ID: 11605
Journal or Publication Title: Individuals Across the Sciences
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Official URL: http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780199382514.d...
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology
General Issues > Philosophers of Science
Specific Sciences > Physics
Date: November 2015
Page Range: pp. 317-347
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/11605

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