Juan Manuel Garrido

in On Time, Being, and Hunger

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780823239351
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780823239399 | DOI:

Series: Forms of Living (FUP)


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This chapter briefly summarizes some achievements of developmental biology. It suggests that the phenomenon of developpment, a traditional refuge for vitalistic theories of life, can in fact be treated as deconstructing the traditional concept of life. Development is neither a wonderful coordination nor a creative struggle between the parts of an “organism.” Rather, it is ruled by complex mechanisms unconcerned with any lself-organizing corporality.

Keywords: Developpment; morphogenesis; self-organization; positional information theory; space and time

Chapter.  1170 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Science

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