Individuals Across the Sciences

Hardcover | November 16, 2015

EditorAlexandre Guay, Thomas Pradeu

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What are individuals? How can they be identified? These are crucial questions for philosophers and scientists alike. Criteria of individuality seem to differ markedly between metaphysics and the empirical sciences - and this might well explain why no work has hitherto attempted to relate thecontributions of metaphysics, physics and biology on this question. This timely volume brings together various strands of research into "individuality", examining how different sciences handle the issue, and reflecting on how this scientific work relates to metaphysical concerns. The collectionmakes a major contribution to clarifying and overcoming obstacles to the construction of a general conception of the individual adequate for both physics and biology, and perhaps even beyond.

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What are individuals? How can they be identified? These are crucial questions for philosophers and scientists alike. Criteria of individuality seem to differ markedly between metaphysics and the empirical sciences - and this might well explain why no work has hitherto attempted to relate thecontributions of metaphysics, physics and bio...

Alexandre Guay is Professor of Philosophy of Natural Sciences and Analytical Philosophy at the Universite catholique de Louvain, Belgium. Thomas Pradeu is Full-Time Researcher in Philosophy of Science at the CNRS in Bordeaux, France.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:424 pages, 9.49 × 6.5 × 1.18 inPublished:November 16, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Alexandre Guay and Thomas Pradeu: Introduction: Progressive steps towards a unified conception of individuality across the sciencesPart 1: Metaphysical and logical foundations to individuality2. Stephane Chauvier: Why individuality mattersAlexander Bird: A foreword to Jonathan Lowe's chapter3. Jonoathan Lowe: Non-Individuals4. Karuse and Arenhart: Individuality, quantum physics, and a metaphysics of non-individuals: the role of the formalPart 2: Puzzles about individuals in biology and physics5. Peter Godfrey-Smith: Individuality and Life Cycles6. Marc Ereshefsky and Makmiller Pedroso: What Biofilms Can Teach Us About Individuality7. Melinda Fagan: Cell and Body: Individuals in Stem Cell Biology8. Cedric Paternotte: Collective individuals: parallels between joint action and biological individuality9. Simon Saunders: On the Emergence of Individuals in Physics10. James Ladyman: Are there individuals in physics and if so what are they?11. David Glick: Minimal Structural Essentialism: Why Physics Doesn't Care Which is Which12. Paavo Pylkkanen, Basil J. Hiley, and Ilkka Pattiniemi: Bohm's approach and individuality13. Christina Conroy: Branch-Relative IdentityPart 3: Beyond disciplinary borders14. Matteo Morganti: The Metaphysics of Individuality and the Sciences15. Matt Haber: The Biological and the Mereological: Metaphysical Implications of the Individuality Thesis16. Alexandre Guay and Thomas Pradeu: To Be Continued: The Genidentity of Physical and Biological Processes17. Ruey-Lin Chen: Experimental Realization of Individuality18. Steven French: Eliminating Objects Across the Sciences