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Organization in Biology

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  • Revives the discussion on organization as a pivotal concept in biology
  • Provides an organizational perspective on cognition, evolution and conservation

Part of the book series: History, Philosophy and Theory of the Life Sciences (HPTL, volume 33)

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This open access book assesses the prospects of (re)adopting organization as a pivotal concept in biology. It shows how organization can nourish biological thinking and practice, by reconnecting with the idea of biology as the science of organized systems. The book provides a comprehensive state-of-the-art picture of the characterizations and uses of the concept of organization in both biological science and philosophy of biology. It also deals with a variety of themes – including evolution, organogenesis, heredity, cognition and ecology – with respect to which the concept of organization can guide the elaboration of original models and new experimental protocols. It will be of interest to biologists and scholars working in philosophy of science alike.


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Table of contents (13 chapters)

Editors and Affiliations

  • Institut d’Histoire et de Philosophie des Sciences et des Techniques (IHPST, CNRS/Paris1), Paris, France

    Matteo Mossio

About the editor

Matteo Mossio is a philosopher of biology. He is chargé de recherche at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) and full member of the IHPST, in Paris, France. Matteo Mossio works mainly in the philosophy and theory of biological autonomy, and has focused on concepts as organization, agency, function, emergence, identity and heredity. He published numerous articles in international philosophical and scientific journals and, in 2015, he coauthored with Alvaro Moreno a full monograph on autonomy, which received substantial coverage in the literature. Matteo Mossio teaches in the Philosophy Program of the University of Paris 1 Panthéon – Sorbonne.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Organization in Biology

  • Editors: Matteo Mossio

  • Series Title: History, Philosophy and Theory of the Life Sciences

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Religion and Philosophy, Philosophy and Religion (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2024

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-031-38967-2Published: 11 November 2023

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-031-38970-2Published: 11 November 2023

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-031-38968-9Published: 10 November 2023

  • Series ISSN: 2211-1948

  • Series E-ISSN: 2211-1956

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: VIII, 333

  • Number of Illustrations: 1 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Philosophy of Biology, History of Biology

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