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Do organisms have an ontological status?
  • C. Wolfe
  • Philosophy
    History and philosophy of the life sciences
  • 2010
This paper tries to reconstruct some of the main interpretive stages or layers of the concept of organism in order to evaluate it critically, and suggests that it might be a useful concept if one rules out the excesses of organismic biology and metaphysics.
Was Canguilhem a Biochauvinist? Goldstein, Canguilhem and the Project of Biophilosophy
Georges Canguilhem is known to have regretted, with some pathos, that life no longer serves as an orienting question in our scientific activity. He also frequently insisted on a kind of uniqueness of
Why was there no controversy over Life in the Scientific Revolution
Well prior to the invention of the term ‘biology’ in the early 1800s by Lamarck and Treviranus, and also prior to the appearance of terms such as ‘organism’ under the pen of Leibniz in the early
In this essay I seek to critically evaluate some forms of holism and organicism in biological thought, as a more deflationary echo to Gilbert and Sarkar's reflection on the need for an 'umbrella'
The Senses in Philosophy and Science: From the Nobility of Sight to the Materialism of Touch
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Pericles and Verdi: The Philosophy of Francois Chatelet
François Châtelet always defined himself as a rationalist—but what kind of rationalism? He refers incessantly to Plato, Hegel, and Marx, but is above all an Aristotelian. What then distinguishes him