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Everything Flows: Towards a Processual Philosophy of Biology

Daniel J. Nicholson and John Dupré


This collection of essays explores the metaphysical thesis that the living world is not ontologically made up of substantial particles or things, as has often been assumed, but is rather constituted by processes. The biological domain is organized as an interdependent hierarchy of processes, which are stabilized and actively maintained at different timescales. Even entities that intuitively appear to be paradigms of things, such as organisms, are actually better understood as processes. Unlike previous attempts to articulate processual views of biology, which have tended to use Alfred North Wh ... More

Keywords: explanation, identity, individuality, metaphysics of science, organism, persistence, philosophy of biology, process ontology, substance ontology, symbiosis

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198779636
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198779636.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Daniel J. Nicholson, editor
Research Fellow, University of Exeter

John Dupré, editor
Professor of Philosophy of Science, University of Exeter

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