Timeliness of Aristotelianism in the Context of the Search for the Ontological Foundation of Biological Information
Fr. Mariusz Tabaczek, O.P. published a new article titled “Timeliness of Aristotelianism in the Context of the Search for the Ontological Foundation of Biological Information” in the Polish journal “Philosophical Aspects of Origin”. The 2019/2020 volume of the journal, where the article is published, is coming out this year. Fr. Tabaczek is working on an English translation of the full article and already made the translated abstract available:
Abstract: Despite difficulties in formulating an unambiguously agreed and strictly scientific definition of information, including biological information, the remarkable success of the paradigm and methodology of molecular biology and genetics led to genocentrism, which elevated genes (understood as carriers of biological information) to the rank of basic biological entities, subject to natural selection and evolution. The article shows the way from questioning genocentrism to a multi-faceted approach to biological information, against the background of historical development and the current state of philosophical research on the essence of information in general. In reference to the ontological dimension of biological information, an argument is presented in favor of the timeliness of the key categories of Aristotle’s philosophy of nature as fundamental for understanding and defining the most important aspects of information stored and expressed in the functioning of living systems (beings).
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