The multitemporality of life: an analysis from Philosophy os Biology


  • Constanza Rendón Universidad de Buenos Aires
  • Nahuel Pallito Universidad de Buenos Aires
  • Guilhermo Folgueira Universidad de Buenos Aires


Temporality. Biological processes. Evolution. Development. Philosopy of biology


Although the issue of temporality has mainly been studied from Physics, this topic also exhibits diverse interesting aspects that could be addressed from a biological perspective. One possible way of approaching this subject is to examine the kinds of temporalities involved in biological processes. In that vein, the aim of this article is to analyze developmental and evolutionary processes' temporality in different biological fields of study, including a novel area (Evolutionary Developmental Biology) which attempts to integrate the research of those processes. To that end, we propose a taxonomy for the analysis of the temporal characteristics of biological processes. Making use of that taxonomy, we conclude that biological processes’ temporality is extremely complex since not only different fields of study present differing temporal characteristics, but also each kind of biological process shows diverse temporalities. These observations point out the pertinence of biological insights and the relevance of Philosophy of Biology's contributions to the study of the extensive and multifaceted issues of time and temporality.


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Biografia do Autor

Constanza Rendón, Universidad de Buenos Aires

Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales

Nahuel Pallito, Universidad de Buenos Aires

Licenciado en Biología por la Universidad de Buenos Aires y realiza su Tesis de Doctorado en temas de filosofía de la biología, en particular de la biología del comportamiento humano.

Guilhermo Folgueira, Universidad de Buenos Aires

Doctor en Ciencias Biológicas por la Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales (FCEN) de la Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA). Es Licenciado en Filosofía de la Facultad de Filosofía y Letras (FFyL) y en Ciencias Biológicas de la FCEN, ambas carreras realizadas en la UBA. Actualmente se desempeña como investigador adjunto CONICET. Es docente de la disciplina Historia de la Ciencia de la FCEN. Se especializa en filosofía de la biología, en particular las relaciones disciplinares en biología.


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RENDÓN, C.; PALLITO, N.; FOLGUEIRA, G. The multitemporality of life: an analysis from Philosophy os Biology. Manuscrito: Revista Internacional de Filosofia, Campinas, SP, v. 39, n. 3, p. 121–147, 2017. Disponível em: Acesso em: 2 fev. 2023.