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Emerging Epistemologies in Life Sciences

digital Emerging Epistemologies in Life Sciences
Articolo
rivista RIVISTA DI FILOSOFIA NEO-SCOLASTICA
fascicolo RIVISTA DI FILOSOFIA NEO-SCOLASTICA - 2015 - 1 - 2
titolo Emerging Epistemologies in Life Sciences
autore
editore Vita e Pensiero
formato Articolo | Pdf
online da 10-2015
issn 00356247 (stampa) | 18277926 (digitale)
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There is a tendency in scientific practice to elaborate complex and multilevel models to account for biological dynamics. Systemic approaches have been advocated to account for such phenomenology, so that models often emerge as networks of dynamic interactions with elements that acquire a specific explanatory relevance depending on the scientific question. However, what actually characterizes such systemic accounts is not ultimately clarified. The thesis I defend in this paper are a) that the process of attribution of relevance in explanatory terms is a key epistemological issue in scientific practice and b) that such process implies acknowledging an ontological feature of biological systems and of their regulation, i.e. their nested inter-level stratification. This also clarifies how natural phenomena can be addressed at different levels and understood through a systemic approach.