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"Structure vs. Process: A Reconciliation (?)" Steven French (University of Leeds)

Egenis seminar series

An Egenis, the Centre for the Study of Life Sciences seminar
Date22 May 2017
Time15:30 to 17:00
PlaceByrne House

Egenis seminar series - According to ‘ontic’ structural realism, the world is structure and physical objects are ‘nodes’ of such structure. I have tried to ‘cash out’ that claim in terms of the relevant laws and symmetries of physics, interpreted via certain devices taken from current metaphysics. I have also tried to extend this stance to biology. Such a move can be contrasted with the ‘processual’ approach that takes certain processes as fundamental and reduces biological entities to be nexuses of such processes. Here I shall sketch the similarities and differences between these two accounts and try to indicate how they might be reconciled.


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