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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. pp. 317-347.


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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 antisubstantialist insofar 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 chapter, the aim is to show that a well-defined concept of functional genidentity can be crucial to shedding light on identity through time in classical physics and especially in biology. Finally, the chapter shows that understanding identity on the basis of continuity suggests a move toward an ontology of processes.

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Guay, Alexandre
Pradeu, Thomas
Depositing User: Thomas Pradeu
Date Deposited: 24 Oct 2020 19:51
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2020 19:51
Item ID: 18297
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Date: 2015
Page Range: pp. 317-347

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