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Levels of Organization in the Biological Sciences

By: Daniel S Brooks(Editor), James DiFrisco(Editor), William C Wimsatt(Editor)
336 pages, 30 b/w illustrations
Publisher: MIT Press
Levels of Organization in the Biological Sciences
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Scientific philosophers examine the nature and significance of levels of organization, a core structural principle in the biological sciences.

This volume examines the idea of levels of organization as a distinct object of investigation, considering its merits as a core organizational principle for the scientific image of the natural world. It approaches levels of organization – roughly, the idea that the natural world is segregated into part-whole relationships of increasing spatiotemporal scale and complexity – in terms of its roles in scientific reasoning as a dynamic, open-ended idea capable of performing multiple overlapping functions in distinct empirical settings.

The contributors – scientific philosophers with longstanding ties to the biological sciences – discuss topics including the philosophical and scientific contexts for an inquiry into levels; whether the concept can actually deliver on its organizational promises; the role of levels in the development and evolution of complex systems; conditional independence and downward causation; and the extension of the concept into the sociocultural realm. Taken together, the contributions embrace the diverse usages of the term as aspects of the big picture of levels of organization.

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Daniel S. Brooks is Visiting Scholar at the University of Cincinnati. James DiFrisco is Postdoctoral Fellow at KU Leuven. William C. Wimsatt is Peter B. Ritzma Professor of Philosophy, Emeritus, at the University of Chicago.


Contributors:
- Jan Baedke
- Robert W. Batterman
- Daniel S. Brooks
- James DiFrisco
- Markus I. Eronen
- Carl Gillett
- Sara Green
- James Griesemer
- Alan C. Love
- Angela Potochnik
- Thomas Reydon
- Ilya Tëmkin
- Jon Umerez
- William C. Wimsatt
- James Woodward

By: Daniel S Brooks(Editor), James DiFrisco(Editor), William C Wimsatt(Editor)
336 pages, 30 b/w illustrations
Publisher: MIT Press
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