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Realization in Biology?
Balari, Sergio (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament de Filologia Catalana)
Lorenzo González, Guillermo (Universidad de Oviedo. Departamento de Filología Española)

Date: 2019
Abstract: It is widely assumed that functional and dispositional properties are not identical to their physical base, but that there is some kind of asymmetrical ontological dependence between them. In this regard, a popular idea is that the former are realized by the latter, which, under the non-identity assumption, is generally understood to be a non-causal, constitutive relation. In this paper we examine two of the most widely accepted approaches to realization, the so-called 'flat view' and the 'dimensioned view', and we analyze their explanatory relevance in the light of a number of examples from the life sciences, paying special attention to developmental phenomena. Our conclusion is that the emphasis placed by modern-day biology on such properties as variability, evolvability, and a whole collection of phenomena like modularity, robustness, and developmental constraint or developmental bias requires the adoption of a much more dynamic perspective than traditional realization frameworks are able to capture.
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Language: Anglès
Document: article ; recerca ; publishedVersion
Subject: Realization ; Functions ; Disposition ; Organic activity ; Cognition ; Eco-evo-devo biology
Published in: History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences, Vol. 41, núm. 5 (2019) , ISSN 1742-6316

Adreça alternativa: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs40656-019-0243-4
DOI: 10.1007/s40656-019-0243-4

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