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Unifying the essential concepts of biological networks: biological insights and philosophical foundations

Kostic, Daniel and Hilgetag, Claus and Tittgemeyer, Marc (2020) Unifying the essential concepts of biological networks: biological insights and philosophical foundations. [Preprint]

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Abstract

Over the last decades, network-based approaches have become highly popular in diverse fields of biology, including neuroscience, ecology, molecular biology and genetics. While these approaches continue to grow very rapidly, some of their conceptual and methodological aspects still require a programmatic foundation. This challenge particularly concerns the question of whether a generalized account of explanatory, organisational and descriptive levels of networks can be applied universally across biological sciences. To this end, this highly interdisciplinary theme issue focuses on the definition, motivation and application of key concepts in biological network science, such as explanatory power of distinctively network explanations, network levels, and network hierarchies.


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Item Type: Preprint
Creators:
CreatorsEmailORCID
Kostic, Danieldaniel.kostic@gmail.com0000-0001-5729-1476
Hilgetag, Clausc.hilgetag@gmail.com
Tittgemeyer, Marcmarc.tittgemeyer@sf.mpg.de
Additional Information: Accepted for publication in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
Keywords: Biological networks, topological explanation, biological complexity, exploratory models, network hierarchies, topological modularity
Subjects: General Issues > Data
Specific Sciences > Biology
Specific Sciences > Biology > Ecology/Conservation
Specific Sciences > Biology > Molecular Biology/Genetics
Specific Sciences > Complex Systems
Specific Sciences > Neuroscience > Cognitive Neuroscience
General Issues > Explanation
General Issues > Models and Idealization
Specific Sciences > Neuroscience > Systems Neuroscience
Depositing User: Dr. Daniel Kostic
Date Deposited: 14 Jan 2020 23:56
Last Modified: 14 Jan 2020 23:56
Item ID: 16817
Subjects: General Issues > Data
Specific Sciences > Biology
Specific Sciences > Biology > Ecology/Conservation
Specific Sciences > Biology > Molecular Biology/Genetics
Specific Sciences > Complex Systems
Specific Sciences > Neuroscience > Cognitive Neuroscience
General Issues > Explanation
General Issues > Models and Idealization
Specific Sciences > Neuroscience > Systems Neuroscience
Date: 2020
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/16817

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