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Theoretical principles for biology: organization

Abstract : In the search of a theory of biological organisms, we propose to adopt organization as a theoretical principle. Organization constitutes an overarching hypothesis that frames the intelligibility of biological objects, by characterizing their relevant aspects. After a succinct historical survey on the understanding of organization in the organicist tradition, we offer a specific characterization in terms of closure of constraints. We then discuss some implications of the adoption of organization as a principle and, in particular, we focus on how it fosters an original approach to biological stability, as well as and its interplay with variation.
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Matteo Mossio, Maël Montévil, Giuseppe Longo. Theoretical principles for biology: organization. Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology, Elsevier, 2016, ⟨10.1016/j.pbiomolbio.2016⟩. ⟨hal-01354872v2⟩

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