"Structure vs. Process: A Reconciliation (?)" Steven French (University of Leeds)
Egenis seminar series
|An Egenis, the Centre for the Study of Life Sciences seminar|
|Date||22 May 2017|
|Time||15:30 to 17:00|
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.