Skip to content. | Skip to navigation

Personal tools


Consider the world interacting

  • Logo CNRS
  • Logo ENSL
  • logo-enssib.jpg
You are here: Home / Agenda / Seminars / Séminaires 2017 / Semovi - Emergence in Complex Biological Systems

Semovi - Emergence in Complex Biological Systems

When May 03, 2017
from 02:00 to 05:00
Where Grande salle du CBP (LR6 C 023), ENS de Lyon, Site Monod
Add event to calendar vCal


14.00 - 15.00 : Marco Nathan, University of Denver

Emergence in Complex Biological Systems

The core intuition underlying the concept of emergence is that, as systems become increasingly complex, they display properties which transcend the properties of their constituent parts and exhibit behavior that cannot be predicted or explained on the basis of laws that govern simpler systems. The main task of a philosophical analysis of emergence is to spell out in what ways, if any, emergents transcend the properties of their constituents and how one should understand the theses that their behavior is unpredictable, unexplainable, or irreducible. I provide an account according to which what makes a property ‘emergent’ is neither the irreducibility nor the inexplicability of its structure or capacities. An emergent property, I suggest, is a black-boxed explanans: an entity or process that accounts for important features at the higher level, but can be assumed without further micro-explanation. I develop my proposal by discussing examples from systems biology and suggest that the present framework brings together various aspects of extant accounts of emergence. 

15.00 - 15.30  : Coffee break 

15.30 - 16.00 : Guillaume Beslon, INSA/INRIA

Emergence from a Modelling Perspective. Can a model be emergent? Can it help biology?

16.00 - 16.30 : Sacha Loeve, Lyon 3

Emergence from a Philosophy of Technology Perspective. The Case of Synthetic Biology

16.30 - 17.00 : General discussion