Philosophy and Biology Workshop 28-29 Sept

From Thing to Being – From a reductionist approach (as seen in classical genetics and biochemical studies) to a more networked and holistic approach (as seen in, for instance, genomic and metabolomic studies) in understanding life.

28.09.         18.30 Conference Dinner,

Tailend Dundee, 81 Nethergate

29.09               River Room 2, 9th Floor Tower Building

Chair: Oisín Keohane

9.00 – 9.40 Nicola Stanley-Wall (Dundee) – Building Bacterial Cities

09.40 – 10.20 Francesca Michelini (Kassel) – Plessner and Hegel on the Organism’s Boundary and Autonomy in Biology


Chair: Dominic Smith

10.40 – 11.20 Inke Nathke (Dundee) – The impressive intestine

11.20 – 12.00 John Dupré (Exeter) – How a process view of life reveals the limits of reductionism

12.00 – 12.40 Leo Caves (York) Biology as Process : Relating Relational Biology to Whitehead’s Philosophy of Organism

Lunch break

Chair: Patrick Levy

14.00 – 14.40 Carol MacKintosh (Dundee) – The evolution of parallel processing signalling networks via whole genome duplications

14.40 – 15.20 Stephan Guttinger (Exeter) – Proteins, processes and nature’s joints

15.20 – 16. 00 Friedolin Gross (Kassel) – Occam’s Razor in Systems Biology

Coffee and wine:

Round table discussion: Where do we go from here? Ideas for further collaboration