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Complexity and integration. A philosophical analysis of how cancer complexity can be faced in the era of precision medicine

Boniolo, Giovanni and Campaner, Raffaella (2019) Complexity and integration. A philosophical analysis of how cancer complexity can be faced in the era of precision medicine. [Preprint]

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Complexity and integration are longstanding widely debated issues in philosophy of science and recent contributions have largely focused on biology and biomedicine. This paper specifically considers some methodological novelties in cancer research, motivated by various features of tumours as complex diseases, and shows how they encourage some rethinking of philosophical discourses on those topics. In particular, we discuss the integrative cluster approach, and analyse its potential in the epistemology of cancer. We suggest that, far from being the solution to tame cancer complexity, this approach offers a philosophically interesting new manner of considering integration, and show how it can help addressing the apparent contrast between a pluralistic and a unitary account.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Boniolo, Giovannigiovanni.boniolo@unife.it0000-0003-1968-4249
Campaner, Raffaellaraffaella.campaner@unibo.it0000-0003-4642-0337
Keywords: Complexity Integration Cancer Precision medicine
Subjects: General Issues > Causation
Specific Sciences > Medicine
Depositing User: Prof. Raffaella Campaner
Date Deposited: 25 May 2019 14:29
Last Modified: 25 May 2019 14:29
Item ID: 16043
Subjects: General Issues > Causation
Specific Sciences > Medicine
Date: 17 May 2019
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/16043

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