The Constituents of Life 2: Organisms and Systems

John Dupré

in Processes of Life

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199691982
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738111 | DOI:
The Constituents of Life 2: Organisms and Systems

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This chapter develops the argument of Chapter 4. Further discussion of the importance of microbes leads to a stress on the importance and ubiquity of symbiosis. This, in turn, motivates the application of the pluralistic argument to organisms: the aggregation of cells into biological individuals (organisms) is not uniquely determined by nature. The chapter concludes with some discussion of the prospects for systems biology.

Keywords: microbe; symbiosis; organism; systems biology

Chapter.  8191 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Science

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