Can physicalist antireductionism compute the embryo?


Journal Article

It is widely held that (1) there are autonomous levels of organization above that of the macromolecule and that (2) at least sometimes macromolecular processes are best explained in terms of such autonomous kinds. I argue that molecular developmental biology honors neither of these claims, and I show that the only way they can be rendered consistent with a minimal physicalism is through the adoption of controversial claims about causation and explanation which undercut the force of these two antireductionism claims. Copyright 1997 by the Philosophy of Science Association. All rights reserved.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Rosenberg, A

Published Date

  • January 1, 1997

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 64 / 4 SUPPL. 1

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0031-8248

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1086/392614

Citation Source

  • Scopus