Fundamentals of IAS-Research Seminars 2018. Seminar 3. Emergence, hierarchies, constraints

10/04/2018 @ 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 3 run by: Jon Umerez

Keywords: forms of biological explanation, dynamics and constraints, ways of describing complex systems, emergence, hierarchical systems, inter-level interactions, forms of causation, mechanicism, emergent control, symbols, H. Pattee, R. Rosen, H. Simon


Pattee, H. H. (1969). Physical conditions for primitive functional hierarchies. In Hierarchical Structures, edited by L. L. Whyte, A. G. Wilson, and D. Wilson, pp. 161–177. New York: Elsevier.

Further Readings:

Umerez, J. (2016). Biological organization from a hierarchical perspective. Articulation of Concepts and Interlevel Relation. In Pievani, T., Serrelli, E. and Tëmkin, I. (eds.) Evolutionary theory: A hierarchical perspective, pp. 63–85. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.

Umerez, J. and Mossio, M. (2013). Constraint. In Dubitzky, W., Wolkenhauer, O., Cho, K-H. and Yokota, H. (eds.) Encyclopedia of Systems Biology. New York: Springer.

Wimsatt, W. (1994). The ontology of complex systems: Levels of organization, perspectives, and causal thickets. Canadian Journal of Philosophy, 20, 207–274.