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"Dynamic Individuation Across Scales" - Mr James DiFrisco (University of Leuven / University of Exeter)

Egenis Seminar

What is the most appropriate background ontology for thinking about biological systems at different levels of organization? This paper develops the rudiments of a hierarchical process ontology inspired by some ideas of the theoretical biologist K. L. von Bertalanffy, in which biological individuals are modelled as recurrent processes stabilized across different time scales. This perspective is then contrasted with more standard object-oriented and essentialistic approaches in terms of two central issues: (1) individuation and (2) identity over time, or persistence.

An Egenis, the Centre for the Study of Life Sciences seminar
Date29 October 2014
Time15:00 to 16:30
PlaceByrne House


Byrne House