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What Organisms Once Were and Might Yet Be

Shields, Christopher (2017) What Organisms Once Were and Might Yet Be. Philosophy, Theory, and Practice in Biology, 9 (7). ISSN 2475-3025

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Organisms receded from view in much of twentieth-century biology, only to undergo a sort of renaissance at the start of the twenty-first. The story of why this should be so is complicated and fascinating, but belongs primarily to the history of biology. On the other hand, to the extent that it is so, a question naturally arises: what, after all, are organisms? This question has a long and complicated history of its own, both within and without of biology; an investigation of this history yields some guidance as to how organisms might yet be conceived today. One suggestion borne of these investigations is this: organisms are, for better or worse, normatively delineated unities.

Part of a special issue, Ontologies of Living Beings, guest-edited by A. M. Ferner and Thomas Pradeu

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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
Keywords: Aristotle, autonomy, hylomorphism, organism, teleology, teleonomy, unity
Depositing User: Nora Boyd
Date Deposited: 06 Apr 2018 16:13
Last Modified: 06 Apr 2018 16:13
Item ID: 14538
Journal or Publication Title: Philosophy, Theory, and Practice in Biology
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Date: 2017
Volume: 9
Number: 7
ISSN: 2475-3025

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