Antonio Casado da Rocha

About Antonio Casado da Rocha

MA, PhD in Philosophy, teaching at the postgraduate level while developing some research, mostly on autonomy and applied ethics, in between medicine and the arts. Basque/English/Spanish/Portuguese. Blogs on bioethics and literature.

From organization of processes to organisms and other biological individualsFrom organization of processes to organisms and other biological individualsFrom organization of processes to organisms and other biological individuals

Seminar on Thursday, 2nd of February at 11:15am at the Carlos Santamaria (IAS room)

Argyris Arnellos (UPV/EHU): From organization of processes to organisms and other biological individuals


The emphasis on the collaborative dimension of the living world overlooks the importance of biological individuals (conceived as highly integrated and self-maintaining organizations) as the very conditions of possibility for the subsequent buildup of more complex collaborative networks in the course of evolution. Acknowledging the importance of collaboration in life, I briefly explain a process-based organizational ontology for biology, according to which I suggest that the essential features of unicellular organismality are captured by a self-maintaining organization of processes that is integrated on the basis of a special type of collaboration (realized through regulatory processes entailing an indispensible interdependence) between its constitutive and interactive aspects. I then use this ontology to describe different types of unicellular collaborations and to argue that it takes a certain type of collaboration among cells to yield a multicellular organism. The suggested organizational framework is used to critically assess and provide clearer and specific alternatives for several implications raised from the consideration of a mainly and ‘excessively’ collaborative view of life, and especially, issues related to the identification of biological individuals and their boundaries, the distinction between biological individuals and organisms, the organismal status of symbiotic multicellular systems, and the distinction between life and not life, avoiding the problems of pluralism but without however ignoring, neither underestimating nor undermining the central role of the concept of collaboration in understanding the biological realm.

Call for a one-year post-doctoral position


URGENT! Call for a one-year contract for a Post-doctoral position within the IAS Research group in Donostia/San Sebastián

Applications are welcome from researchers holding a PhD degree interested in this contract, which is associated with the Research Project IT590-13 (coord.: Alvaro Moreno) developed by the IAS Research Center. The candidate is asked to have an specialization in Philosophy of Biology and familiarity with the issues and the approach of the research lines specified in the aforementioned funded Project (see below an extract) will be valued.

Along with his CV, the candidates are also asked to submit a brief research proposal (around 1000 words) according to those research lines. The grant consists in a 1-year research contract to be held at the University of the Basque Country. The holder of the contract will be expected to develop research in the specified lines. The call for this contract is issued by University of the Basque Country and details about how to apply are already published here in this link (in Spanish and Basque only).  Further inquiries should be sent to Alvaro Moreno ( or Arantza Etxeberria ( The deadline is tight, just from the 17th to the 25th of September.

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Full week course on Bioethics and Film

Looking at Bioethics through the Lens of Both American and Spanish Films

University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), Donostia – San Sebastian, March 11-16, 2012

This is the first time we host this international program in collaboration with Case Western Reserve University. Taught by faculty from CWRU and UPV/EHU this course offers students a cross-cultural perspective on bioethics in the United States and Spain. This course uses the medium of film, complemented by readings in bioethics, film criticism, and medical research, to introduce students to a number of compelling bioethics issues.

Attendance to San Sebastian activities free of charge for IAS-Research members, UPV/EHU researchers and “Filosofía, Ciencia y Valores / Filosofia, Zientzia eta Balioak” master students.

More info: antonio.casado AT ehu DOT es

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PhD fellowship to work with usBeca predoctoral para trabajar con nosotros

Call for a 4 year FPI (PhD) fellowship associated with the research project “Autonomy and Levels of Organization” (FFI2011-25665) in the Department of Logic and Philosophy of Science at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU)

Deadline: 23th of February 2012

Se convoca una beca predoctoral FPI de 4 años asociada al proyecto: ”AUTONOMIA Y NIVELES DE ORGANIZACIÓN” (FFI2011-25665), Departamento de Lógica y Filosofía de la Ciencia, Universidad del País Vasco (UPV/EHU)

Plazo: 23 de febrero

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