Jon Umerez

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Position Research Fellow (tenured) at the Department of Logic and Philosophy of Science, of the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU).
Email jon.umerez AT ehu DOT es
Phone +34 943 01 55 37
EHU-UPV, Department of Logic and Philosophy of Science, Tolosa hiribidea 70, E-20018 Donostia – San Sebastián


Jon Umerez

Research interests

  • Philosophy of Biology
  • Philosophy and History of Science
  • Complex systems and Artificial Life
  • Biology and Society
  • Public understanding of science


  • Systems Science and Cybernetics
  • Bioethics


Doctor in Philosophy 1994 Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea (UPV/EHU)

Philosophy graduate 1985 Universidad Complutense Madrid


Postdoctoral research fellow 1995-1996 Binghamton University



Umerez, J. (2009). Where does Pattee’s “how does a molecule become a message?” belong in the history of biosemiotics? Biosemiotics, 2(3), 269–290.


Umerez, J. (2008). Book Review: A Key Conceptual Tool for ALifers. Artificial Life, 14(2), 235–238.
Moreno, A., Etxeberria, A., & Umerez, J. (2008). The autonomy of biological individuals and artificial models. BioSystems, 91(2), 309–319.


Ruiz-Mirazo, K., Umerez, J., & Moreno, A. (2007). Enabling conditions for “open-ended evolution”. Biology & Philosophy, 23(1), 67–85. doi:10.1007/s10539-007-9076-8
Siqueiros, J., & Umerez, J. (2007). Grasping the complexity of living systems through integrative levels and hierarchies. Worldviews, Science and Us: Philosophy and Complexity: University of Liverpool, UK, 11-14 September 2005, 250.


Etxeberria, A., Umerez, J., & Ambrogi, A. (2006). Organismo y organización en la biología teórica?` Vuelta al organicismo 50 años después. Medio siglo de doble hélice. Palma de Mallorca, España: Edicions Universitat de les Illes Balears.


Umerez, J. (2005). Critical assessment of the impact of ELSI programs. Retrieved from


Umerez, J. (2001). Howard Pattee’s theoretical biology—a radical epistemological stance to approach life, evolution and complexity. Biosystems, 60(1), 159–177.


Moreno, A., & Umerez, J. (2000). Downward causation at the core of living organization. Downward causation: Minds, bodies and matter, 99–117.


Umerez, J. (1998). The evolution of the symbolic domain in living systems and artificial life. In Evolutionary Systems (pp. 377–396). Springer.


Moreno, A., Umerez, J., & Ibañez, J. (1997). Cognition and life: The autonomy of cognition. Brain and Cognition, 34(1), 107–129.


Umerez, J., & Moreno, A. (1995). Origin of life as the first MST—control hierarchies and Interlevel relation. World Futures: Journal of General Evolution, 45(1-4), 139–154.
Umerez, J. (1995). Semantic Closure: a guiding notion to ground Artificial Life. In Advances in artificial life (pp. 77–94). Springer.


Umerez, J. (1994). Jerarquías Autónomas.-Un estudio sobre el origen y la naturaleza de los procesos de control y de formación de niveles en sistemas naturales complejos. Ph. D. Dissertation, University of the Basque Country.
Moreno, A., Etxeberria, A., & Umerez, J. (1994). Universality without matter. In Artificial Life IV (pp. 406–410).

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