PSA 1972 pp 57-65 | Cite as

Elsasser, Generalized Complementarity, and Finite Classes: A Critique of his Anti-Reductionism

  • Stuart Kauffman
Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 20)


Serious students of cellular and developmental biology confront what may well be the gravest epistemological problems ever faced by scientists. These are direct consequences of the immense, ordered biochemical complexity of organisms.


Phase Space Quantum Mechanic Class Average Epistemological Problem Homogeneous Class 
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    Elsasser, Walter M., Atom and Organism, a New Approach to Theoretical Biology, Princeton University Press, Princeton, New Jersey, 1966.Google Scholar
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    Elsasser, Walter M., ‘The Role of Individuality in Biological Theory’, Towards a Theoretical Biology (ed. by C. H. Waddington), Vol. 3, Aldine Publishing Co., Chicago, 1970.Google Scholar

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© D. Reidel Publishing Company, Dordrecht-Holland 1974

Authors and Affiliations

  • Stuart Kauffman
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Theoretical BiologyUniversity of ChicagoUSA

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