Journal for General Philosophy of Science

, Volume 25, Issue 1, pp 97–106 | Cite as

On the definition of life

  • Abel Schejter
  • Joseph Agassi


Schrödinger's definition of life needs a slight modification to absorb the criticism of it. It is the comparison of the entropy level of a system before and after a process which makes one view it as living: we consider the stability of the deviation from the probable a sign of life. This explains why we do not hesitate to consider as remnants of living systems skeletons and fossils anywhere and physical culture on any archeological site.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Abel Schejter
    • 1
  • Joseph Agassi
    • 1
  1. 1.Sackler Institute of Molecular Medicine, Sackler Faculty of Medicine, and Department of Philosophy, Faculty of HumanitiesTel-Aviv UniversityRamat AvivIsrael

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