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Agency and Autonomy

Beckner, M. (1968). The Biological Way of Thought. Berkeley and Los Angeles: The University of California Press.

Sultan, S. E., Moczek, A. P., & Walsh, D. (2022). Bridging the explanatory gaps: What can we learn from a biological agency perspective? BioEssays, 44(1), e2100185. https://doi.org/10.1002/bies.202100185.

Bich, L., & Bechtel, W. (2022). Control mechanisms: Explaining the integration and versatility of biological organisms. Adaptive Behavior, 105971232210744.

Michod, R.E. and Roze, D. (2001). “Cooperation and conflict in the evolution of multicellularity.” Heredity 86:1–7.

Godfrey-Smith, P. (2012). “Darwinian individuals.” In From Groups to Individuals: New Perspectives on Biological Associations and Emerging Individuality.” Edited by F. Bouchard and P. Huneman. Cambridge (MA): The MIT Press.

Godfrey-Smith, P. (2009). Darwinian Populations and Natural Selection. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Depew, D.J. and B.H. Weber. (1995). Darwinism Evolving: Systems Dynamics and the Genealogy of Natural Selection. Cambridge (MA): MIT Press.

Barandiaran, X., E. Di Paolo, and M. Rohde. (2009). “Defining agency. Individuality, normativity, asymmetry and spatio-temporality in action.” Adaptive Behavior 17(5):367–386.

Russell, E.S. (1945). The Directiveness of Organic Activities. Cambridge (UK): Cambridge University Press.

Pepper, J.W. and Herron, M. (2008). “Does biology need an organism concept?” Biological Reviews 83:621–627.

Black, A.J., Bourrat, P. and Rainey, P.B. (2020). “Ecological scaffolding and the evolution of individuality.” Nature Ecology & Evolution 4:426–436.

Walsh, D. (2022). Environment as Abstraction. Biological Theory, 17(1), 68–79.

W. Schulz, A., & Robins, S. (2022). Episodic Memory, Simulated Future Planning, and their Evolution. Review of Philosophy and Psychology.

Laland, K.N., J. Odling-Smee, and S.F. Gilbert. (2008). “EvoDevo and Niche Construction: Building Bridges.” Journal of Experimental Zoology 310B:549–566.

Buss, L. (1987). The Evolution of Individuality. Princeton: Princeton University Press.

Michod, R.E. (2007). “Evolution of individuality during the transition from unicellular to multicellular life.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, United States of America 104(suppl 1):8613–8618.

Dawkins, R. (1982). The Extended Phenotype: The Gene as the Unit of Selection. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Newman, S.A. (2022). “Form, function, agency: sources of natural purpose in animal evolution.” In Evolution ‘on Purpose’: Teleonomy in Living Systems. Edited by P. Corning, D. Noble, J. Shapiro and R. Vane-Wright. Cambridge (MA): The MIT Press.

Militello, G., Bich, L., & Moreno, A. (2021). Functional Integration and Individuality in Prokaryotic Collective Organisations. Acta Biotheoretica, 69(3), 391–415.

Weber, A. and Varela, F. (2002). “Life after Kant: natural purposes and the autopoietic foundations of biological individuality.” Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences 1:97–125.

Rosen, R. (1991). Life Itself: A Comprehensive Inquiry into the Nature, Origin and Fabrication of Life. New York: Columbia University Press.

Maynard Smith. J. and Szathmary, E. (1995). The Major Transitions in Evolution. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Sterelny, K. and Calcott, B. (2011). The Major Transitions in Evolution Revisited. Cambridge (MA): The MIT Press.

Hill, J., Oderberg, D. S., Gibbins, J. M., & Bojak, I. (2022). Mistake-Making: A Theoretical Framework for Generating Research Questions in Biology, With Illustrative Application to Blood Clotting. THE QUARTERLY REVIEW OF BIOLOGY, 97, 13.

Uller, T. and H. Helanterä. (2019). “Niche construction and conceptual change in evolutionary biology. The British Journal for Philosophy of Science 70:351–375.