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Title Beyond mechanism : putting life back into biology / edited by Brian G. Henning and Adam C. Scarfe ; with a foreword by Stuart A. Kauffman.

Imprint Lanham : Lexington Books, 2013.

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Description 1 online resource (ix, 474 pages) : illustrations
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Foreword: Evolution beyond Newton, Darwin, and entailing law / Stuart A. Kauffman -- Introduction: On a "life-blind spot" in neo-Darwinism's mechanistic metaphysical lens / Adam C. Scarfe -- 1. Complex systems dynamics in evolution and emergent processes / Bruce H. Weber -- 2. Why emergence matters / Philip Clayton -- 3. On the incompatibility of the neo-Darwinian hypothesis with systems-theoretical explanations of biological development / Gernot Falkner and Renate Falkner -- 4. Process-first ontology / Robert E. Ulanowicz -- 5. Ordinal pluralism as metaphysics for biology / Lawrence Cahoone -- 6. Why do we need a semiotic understanding of life? / Jesper Hoffmeyer -- 7. The irreducibility of life to mentality: biosemiotics or emergence? / Lawrence Cahoone -- 8. Biology's Second Law: homeostasis, purpose and desire / J. Scott Turner -- 9. "Wind at life's back"-- toward a naturalistic, Whiteheadian teleology: symbiogenesis and the Second Law / Dorion Sagan and Lynn Margulis -- 10. Of termites and men: on the ontology of collective individuals / Brian G. Henning -- 11. The Baldwin Effect in an extended evolutionary synthesis / Bruce H. Weber -- 12. On the ramifications of the theory of organic selection for environmental and evolutionary ethics / Adam C. Scarfe -- 13. Teleology versus mechanism in biology: beyond self-organization / Terrence Deacon and Tyrone Cashman -- 14. Teleodynamics: a neo-naturalistic conception of organismic teleology / Spyridon Koutroufinis -- 15. Epigenesis, epigenetics, and the epigenotype: toward an inclusive concept of development and evolution / Brian K. Hall -- 16. Epigenetics, soft inheritance, mechanistic metaphysics, and bioethics / Adam C. Scarfe -- 17. From organicism to mechanism-- and halfway back? / Michael Ruse -- 18. Machines and organisms: the rise and fall of a conflict / Philip Clayton.
Summary Pairing scientists and philosophers together, this book is an exploration of some of the new frontiers in biology (e.g., Emergence, Complex Systems, Biosemiotics, Symbiogenesis, Organic Selection, Epigenetics, Niche Construction, Teleodynamics, etc.). The chapters in this volume challenge the mechanistic metaphysic that is implicit in the reigning neo-Darwinist paradigm, point to more inclusive modes of thinking in relation to the nature of life, and contribute to the novel synthesis that is presently "in the air."
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Subject Life (Biology)
Life sciences -- Research.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Added Author Henning, Brian G., editor.
Scarfe, Adam Christian, 1972- editor.
Other Form: Print version: Beyond mechanism. Lanham, Maryland : Lexington Books, ©2013 9780739174364 (DLC) 2012044647 (OCoLC)820530937
ISBN 9780739174371 (electronic bk.)
0739174371 (electronic bk.)
9780739174364 (cloth ; alk. paper)
0739174363 (cloth ; alk. paper)