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Embedded Autonomy and the “Way-Station Self”

Margaret P. Battin, Leslie P. Francis, Jay A. Jacobson, and Charles B. Smith

in The Patient as Victim and Vector: Ethics and Infectious Disease

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780195335842
eISBN:
9780199868926
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195335842.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, General

Traditional liberal paradigms in bioethics have rested on a misleading picture of the self as a separate individual. This chapter develops a biologicized picture of the self as a “way station”: so to ... More


Functions in Biological and Artificial Worlds: Comparative Philosophical Perspectives

Ulrich Krohs and Peter Kroes (eds)

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262113212
eISBN:
9780262255271
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262113212.001.0001
Subject:
Biology, Biomathematics / Statistics and Data Analysis / Complexity Studies

The notion of function is an integral part of thinking in both biology and technology; biological organisms and technical artifacts are both ascribed functionality. Yet the concept of function is ... More


The Origins of Natural Security

Raphael D. Sagarin

in Natural Security: A Darwinian Approach to a Dangerous World

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520253476
eISBN:
9780520934313
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520253476.003.0001
Subject:
Biology, Evolutionary Biology / Genetics

Biological organisms have developed millions of responses to a variety of threats including diseases, resource scarcity, and natural disasters, as evidenced by methods of survival and reproduction. ... More


The Cost of Modularity

Ulrich Krohs

in Functions in Biological and Artificial Worlds: Comparative Philosophical Perspectives

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262113212
eISBN:
9780262255271
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262113212.003.0015
Subject:
Biology, Biomathematics / Statistics and Data Analysis / Complexity Studies

This chapter compares the biological accounts of the evolution of modules with what is known about the evolution of modular systems in engineering. It describes the problem of mapping functions on a ... More


Philosophical Perspectives on Organismic and Artifactual Functions

Ulrich Krohs and Peter Kroes

in Functions in Biological and Artificial Worlds: Comparative Philosophical Perspectives

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262113212
eISBN:
9780262255271
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262113212.003.0001
Subject:
Biology, Biomathematics / Statistics and Data Analysis / Complexity Studies

This book tries to elaborate the functionality of biological organisms and of technical artifacts. It also presents proper philosophical analyses of the concept of function from a perspective that ... More


The Nature of Ethnicity

Mark Bassin

in The Gumilev Mystique: Biopolitics, Eurasianism, and the Construction of Community in Modern Russia

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801445941
eISBN:
9781501703393
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801445941.003.0002
Subject:
History, Russian and Former Soviet Union History

This chapter discusses Gumilev's ideas on the nature of ethnicity. The ethnic unit or ethnos (plural: ethnies) is conceived as one of the most fundamental and durable categories of human ... More


Robustness and Sensitivity Analyses in Cellular Networks

Jason E. Shoemaker, Peter S. Chang, Eric C. Kwei, Stephanie R. Taylor, and Francis J. Doyle III

in Control Theory and Systems Biology

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262013345
eISBN:
9780262258906
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262013345.003.0009
Subject:
Biology, Biomathematics / Statistics and Data Analysis / Complexity Studies

This chapter introduces the useful model-analytic tools of both sensitivity analysis and structured singular value analysis and their application to cellular networks. It reviews the Nyquist ... More


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