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Life. Self-organization. Aristotelian’s four causes. Order parameters

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GONZALEZ, M. E. Q.; BROENS, M. C.; HASELAGER, W. F. G.; BRESCIANI FILHO, E. SELF-ORGANIZATION AND LIFE: A SYSTEMIC APPROACH. Manuscrito: Revista Internacional de Filosofia, Campinas, SP, v. 28, n. 2, p. 375–390, 2016. Disponível em: Acesso em: 26 mar. 2023.


We investigate the relation between self-organization and living processes from a systemic perspective. Emphasis is given to Aristotle’s conception of four causes in order to provide foundations for a systemic approach to life. From this perspective, life is characterized as a self-organizing process that allows the emergence and evolution of systems capable of self-locomotion, in the Aristotelian sense of moving and growing.


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