New paper: A. Fábregas-Tajeda, F. Vergara-Silva (2022), ‘Man-Made Futures’: Conrad Hal Waddington, Biological Theory and the Anthropocene 

4 November 2022

New paper: A. Fábregas-Tajeda, F. Vergara-Silva (2022), ‘Man-Made Futures’: Conrad Hal Waddington, Biological Theory and the Anthropocene 

Published in Azimuth, preprint available here. Abstract: How biology should figure in Anthropocene studies, hitherto stemming from Earth sciences and a broad constellation of human and social sciences, is still an unsettled issue among scholars. Here, we contribute with a historiographically-informed perspective on the specific role that ‘biological theory’ has played in past rounds of […]

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Putting the organism back into biology

2 November 2022

Putting the organism back into biology

Biology studies organisms. This seems to be a truism. But is this assumption really correct? Some scientists and philosophers hold that it is not. Developmental biologist Brian Goodwin, for example, states:   “Organisms have disappeared as fundamental entities, as basic unities, from contemporary biology because they have no real status as centres of causal agency. […]

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