Acta Biotheoretica

, Volume 35, Issue 1, pp 123–133

Hemostatic regulation and Whitehead's philosophy of organism

  • James A. Marcum
  • Geert M. N. Verschuuren

DOI: 10.1007/BF00118370

Cite this article as:
Marcum, J.A. & Verschuuren, G.M.N. Acta Biotheor (1986) 35: 123. doi:10.1007/BF00118370


Biology as a scientific discipline has relied heavily upon advances in chemistry and physics. An inherent danger in this relationship is the reduction of living phenomena to physico-chemical terms. Whitehead's ‘Philosophy of Organism’ is utilized to examine current methodologies within biology and to evaluate their appropriateness for future research. Hemostatic regulation is employed to illustrate the applications of organistic concepts to biological research. It is concluded that understanding of living entities and their properties as well as possibly life itself will require synthesis of the many analytical elements as informational structures.

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© Martinus Nijhoff/Dr W. Junk Publishers 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • James A. Marcum
    • 1
    • 2
  • Geert M. N. Verschuuren
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of MedicineHarvard Medical SchoolBoston
  2. 2.Department of BiologyMITCambridgeUSA
  3. 3.Department of PhilosophyBoston CollegeChestnut HillUSA
  4. 4.Project ‘Science and Technology in Europe’MaastrichtThe Netherlands