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ERIC Number: EJ938360
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 3
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 17
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9266
Theory-Based Approaches to the Concept of Life
El-Hani, Charbel Nino
Journal of Biological Education, v42 n4 p147-149 2008
In this paper, I argue that characterisations of life through lists of properties have several shortcomings and should be replaced by theory-based accounts that explain the coexistence of a set of properties in living beings. The concept of life should acquire its meaning from its relationships with other concepts inside a theory. I illustrate this view by discussing definitions of life in several biological theories: the synthetic theory of evolution, autopoiesis, Artificial Life, and biosemiotics.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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