Second Bordeaux-San Sebastian Workshop on Philosophy of Biology (Bordeaux, April 10-11, 2017)

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Second Bordeaux-San Sebastian Workshop on Philosophy of Biology:

“Biological Identity: Robustness, Organisation, and the Microbiota”

(Bordeaux, April 10-11, 2017)

Organizers: Leonardo Bich, Arantza Etxeberria, Thomas Pradeu

Full Program and Abstracts here


MONDAY APRIL 10 La Victoire – Salle des séminaires

14:00 – 14:15 Opening

Session 1

Chair: Lynn Chiu

14:15 – 15.15  William Bechtel (University of California, San Diego)
When Do Machines Become Biological Mechanisms? 

15:15 – 16:15 Jon Umerez (IAS-Universidad del País Vasco)
[in collaboration with Maria José Ferreira Ruiz]
Dealing with the Changeable and Blurry Edges of Living Things: A Modified Version of Property-Cluster Kinds

16:15 – 16:45 Coffee break

16:45 – 17:45 Katarzyna Hooks (University of Bordeaux)
[in collaboration with Maureen O’Malley]
Dysbiosis and Its Discontents

20:00 Dinner


TUESDAY APRIL 11 Pey-Berland – Salon d’honneur

Session 2 
Chair: Alvaro Moreno

10:00 – 11:00 Kepa Ruiz-Mirazo (IAS-Universidad del País Vasco)
On the Chemical Roots of Biological ‘Inter-identity’

11:00 – 11:30 Coffee break

11:30 – 12:30 Derek Skillings (ImmunoConcEpT, CNRS, University of Bordeaux)
From an Entangled Bank – Translating and Interpreting Causation in Biology

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch

Session 3
Chair: Mark Canciani

14:00 – 15: 00 Leïla Perié (UMR168, Institut Curie, Paris)
Robustness in Blood Cell Production

15.00 – 15: 30 Coffee break

15.30 – 16:30 Argyris Arnellos (IAS-Universidad del País Vasco)
Animal Body Complexity and the Evolution of Cognition

16: 30 – 17:00 Closing Remarks and Proposals




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  • "To say that a system is complex […] is to say that we can describe the same system in a variety of distinct ways […]. Therefore a system is simple to the extent that a single description suffices to account for our interaction with the system; it is complex to the extent that it fails to be true." (Robert Rosen, 1978)
  • “Complexity is not an intrinsic property of a system nor of a system description. Rather, it arises from the number of ways in which we are able to interact with the system. Thus, complexity is a function not only of the system’s interactive capabilities, but of our own”
    (Robert Rosen, 1985)

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