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Foundations of Science

, Volume 16, Issue 4, pp 319–321 | Cite as

The Issue of “Closure” in Jagers op Akkerhuis’s Operator Theory

  • Nico M. van Straalen
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Abstract

Attempts to define life should focus on the transition from molecules to cells and the “closure” aspects of this event. Rather than classifying existing objects into living and non-living entities I believe the challenge is to understand how the transition from non-life to life can take place, that is, the how the closure in Jagers op Akkerhuis’s hierarchical classification of operators, comes about.

Keywords

Closure Complexity Natural philosophy Operator Origin of life Systems biology 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Ecological ScienceVU UniversityAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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