Fundamentals of IAS-Research Seminars 2018. Seminar 2. Concepts of the organism, individuality, and identity

20/03/2018 @ 15:00 – 17:00
Centro Carlos Santamaría, B14
Fundamentals of IAS-Research Seminars 2018
6 bi-weekly seminars exploring the basic research lines of IAS-Research

Seminar 2 run by: Arantza Etxeberria

Keywords: identity, self-production, self-distinction, organism-environment interactions, evo-devo, concepts of organismic individuality, developmental systems, inheritance, reproduction, E. Jablonka, S. Oyama, P. Alberch, T. Pradeau.


Weber A. and Varela F. J. (2002). Life after Kant: Natural purposes and the autopoietic foundations of biological individuality. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences 1 (2), 97–125.

Further Readings:

Etxeberria, A. (2004). Autopoiesis and natural drift: Genetic information, reproduction, and evolution revisited. Artificial Life, 10(3), 347–360.

Etxeberria, A. and Ruiz-Mirazo, K. (2009). The challenging biology of transients. A view from the perspective of autonomy. EMBO Reports, 10, S33–S36.

Godfrey-Smith, P. (2014). Chapter 5 of Philosophy of Biology. Princeton University Press.

Jonas, H. (1968). Biological foundations of individuality. International Philosophical Quarterly 8(2), 231–251.

Pradeu, T. (2016). Organisms or biological individuals? Combining physiological and evolutionary individuality. Biology & Philosophy, 31(6), 797–817.

Ruíz-Mirazo, K., Etxeberria, A., Moreno, A., and Ibáñez, J. (2000). Organisms and their place in biology. Theory in Biosciences, 119 (3-4), 209-233.

Varela F. J. (1997). Patterns of Life: Intertwining identity and cognition. Brain and Cognition34, 72–87.