New Synthese special issue on Teleological Organisation edited by Sune Holm and John Basl

Synthese (2017), 194(4)


The issue includes our paper Mossio, M., and Bich, L. (2017). What makes biological organisation teleological? Synthese, 194(4), 1089-1114.

Preprint here



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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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