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Genidentity and Biological Processes

Nicholson, Daniel J. and Dupré, John (2018) Genidentity and Biological Processes.

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A crucial question for a process view of life is how to identify a process and how to follow it through time. The genidentity view (first proposed by Kurt Lewin and later elaborated by Hans Reichenbach) can contribute decisively to this project. It says that the identity through time of an entity X is given by a well-identified series of continuous states of affairs. Genidentity helps address the problem of diachronic identity in the living world. This chapter describes the centrality of the concept of genidentity for David Hull and proposes an extension of Hull’s view to the ubiquitous phenomenon of symbiosis. Finally, using immunology as a key example, it shows that the genidentity view suggests that the main interest of a process approach is epistemological rather than ontological and that its principal claim is one of priority, namely that processes precede and define things, and not vice versa.


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
Creators:
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Nicholson, Daniel J.
Dupré, John
Keywords: Continuity, genidentity, Hull, David, identity, immune system, individuality, process, symbiosis
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
Specific Sciences > Biology > Developmental Biology
Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Theory
Specific Sciences > Biology > Molecular Biology/Genetics
Depositing User: Thomas Pradeu
Date Deposited: 21 Jan 2019 14:47
Last Modified: 21 Jan 2019 14:47
Item ID: 15650
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Official URL: http://doi.org/10.1093/oso/9780198779636.001.0001
DOI or Unique Handle: https://doi.org/10.1093/oso/9780198779636.001.0001
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
Specific Sciences > Biology > Developmental Biology
Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Theory
Specific Sciences > Biology > Molecular Biology/Genetics
Date: 2018
Volume: 1
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/15650

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