Call for applications: Seventh European Advanced School in the Philosophy of the Life Sciences (EASPLS): “Explanation and Evidence in Biology and Medicine”

20 February 2024

Call for applications:  Seventh European Advanced School in the Philosophy of the Life Sciences (EASPLS): “Explanation and Evidence in Biology and Medicine”

The event will take place at the Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition in Klosterneuburg (Austria) on September 9th-12th. The summer school is organized by Leonardo Bich, Lucie Laplane and Matteo Mossio and is is mainly intended for young scholars, including PhD students and early post-doctoral researchers, who are engaged in the study of […]

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New Book (2023): Organization in Biology

22 November 2023

New Book (2023): Organization in Biology

Published open access by Springer From the editor’s introduction: For most of the twentieth century, biology forgot or largely neglected organization. By this term, I mean a certain mode of interaction among the parts of a system, which is by hypothesis distinctively realized by biological systems. While a systemic trend is progressively pervading various biological […]

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New Issue (2023): Autopoiesis: Foundations of Life, Cognition, and Emergence of Self/Other

6 October 2023

New Issue (2023): Autopoiesis: Foundations of Life, Cognition, and Emergence of Self/Other

This new issue of BioSystems is entirely dedicated to explore the contemporary variations on the theme of autopoiesis, how the concept has been received, modified, implemented and operationalized from its original formulation in the early 1980s. Fifty years after the birth of autopoiesis theory, by the Chilean biologists Humberto Maturana and Francisco Varela, the rich […]

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Workshop: Agency & Life (Syros, July 4-5)

22 June 2023

Workshop: Agency & Life (Syros, July 4-5)

We are glad to announce this workshop on the notion of organismal agency, which will take place in hybrid form at the University of the Aegean, Syros, Greece. Those who wish to attend the workshop online please contact Argyris Arnellos at arar@aegean.gr before the 3rd of July. Please be aware that times indicated below correspond […]

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New Paper (2023): A. Gambarotto, Teleology and Mechanism: A Dialectical Approach

25 April 2023

New Paper (2023): A. Gambarotto, Teleology and Mechanism: A Dialectical Approach

Published open access in Synthese Abstract. The paper proposes a dialectical approach to our understanding of the relation between teleology and mechanism. This approach is dialectical both in form and content. In form, it proposes a contemporary interpretation of Hegel’s metaphysical account of teleology. This account is grounded in a dialectical methodology, which consists in scrutinizing […]

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WORKSHOP: Intersecting paths across mathematics, biology, and epistemology: a colloquium in honor of Giuseppe Longo and Ana Soto

18 January 2023

21 & 22 October 2022 In this colloquium, we celebrate the 75th birthdays of Giuseppe Longo and Ana Soto. We have chosento show their distinct trajectories and then how they intersect while working on the foundations oftheoretical knowledge with a biology focus. In this respect, both Giuseppe Longo and Ana Sotomaintain a close relationship with […]

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New Paper (2022): R. Beer, E. Di Paolo, The theoretical foundations of enaction: Precariousness

27 December 2022

New Paper (2022): R. Beer, E. Di Paolo, The theoretical foundations of enaction: Precariousness

Published in Biosystems Abstract: Enaction is an increasingly influential approach to cognition that grew out of Maturana and Varela’s earlier work on autopoiesis and the biology of cognition. As with any relatively new scientific discipline, the enactive approach would benefit greatly from a careful analysis of its theoretical foundations. Here we initiate such an analysis […]

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Autonomy beyond the proto-cell: towards a ‘dialectical turn’ in origins-of-life research

14 December 2022

Autonomy beyond the proto-cell: towards a ‘dialectical turn’ in origins-of-life research

     Life’s complexity – even if we just stick to its basic core, the prokaryotic world – is overwhelming. This is not only due to the diversity of biomolecules and their amazing structural properties, or to the multiple and sophisticated transformations they undergo, but also to their dynamic organization and functional integration into cells. Let […]

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New Paper (2022), A. Gambarotto, M. Mossio, Enactivism and the Hegelian Stance on Intrinsic Purposiveness

8 December 2022

New Paper (2022), A. Gambarotto, M. Mossio, Enactivism and the Hegelian Stance on Intrinsic Purposiveness

Published open access in Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences Abstract: We characterize Hegel’s stance on biological purposiveness as consisting in a twofold move, which conceives organisms as intrinsically purposive natural systems and focuses on their behavioral and cognitive abilities. We submit that a Hegelian stance is at play in enactivism, the branch of the contemporary […]

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