Resources

Agency and Autonomy

Scott-Phillips, T.C., K.N. Laland, D.M. Shuker, T.E. Dickins and S.A. West. (2014). "The niche construction perspective: a critical appraisal." Evolution 68(5):1231–1243.

Callebaut, W. G.B. Mueller, and S.A. Newman. (2007). “The organismic systems approach. Streamlining the naturalistic agenda.” In Integrating Evolution and Development: From Theory to Practice. Edited by R. Sansom and R.N. Brandon. Cambridge (UK): Cambridge University Press, 25–92.

Walsh, D. (2015). Organisms, Agency and Evolution. Cambridge (UK): Cambridge University Press.

Rosslenbroich, B. (2009). “Outline of a concept for an organismic systems biology.” Seminars in Cancer Biology 21(3):156–164.

Newman, S.A. (2012). "Physico-genetic determinants in the evolution of development." Science 338:217–219.

Ganti, T. (2003). The Principles of Life. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Nanjundiah, V., Geeta, R., & Suslov, V. V. (2022). Revisiting N.I. Vavilov’s “The Law of Homologous Series in Variation” (1922). Biological Theory, s13752-022-00403–3.

Driesch, H. (1908). The Science and Philosophy of Organism, Volume 1. London: Adam and Charles Black.

Camazine, S., J.-L. Deneubourg, N. R. Franks, J. Sneyd, G. Theraulaz and E. Bonabeau. (2001). Self-Organization in Biological Systems. Princeton: Princeton University Press.

Dawkins, R. (1976). The Selfish Gene. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Deacon, T. and Cashman, T. (2013). “Teleology versus mechanism in biology: beyond self-organization.” In Beyond Mechanism: New Frontiers in Biology and Evolutionary Theory. Edited by B. Henning and A. Scarfe. Lanham (MD): Lexington Books.

Desmond, H., & Huneman, P. (2022). The integrated information theory of agency. Brain and Behavioral Sciences, 45, 22–24.

Turner, J.S. (2007). The Tinkerer’s Accomplice: How Design Emerges from Life Itself. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.

Sultan, S., Moczek, A. and Walsh, D. (2021). “What can we learn from a biological agency perspective?” BioEssays 44: https://doi.org/10.1002/bies.202100185.

Ågren, A. J. (2021). Why the selfish genes metaphor remains a powerful thinking tool | Aeon Essays. Aeon.

Ancient and Early Modern Natural Philosophy

Gibson, S. (2015). Animal, Vegetable, Mineral? How Eighteenth-Century Science Disrupted the Natural Order. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Johnson, M.R. (2005). Aristotle on Teleology. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Lennox, J.G. (2001a). Aristotle: On the Parts of Animals IIV. Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Lennox, J.G. (2001b). Aristotle's Philosophy of Biology: Studies in the Origin of Life Science. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Lennox, J.G. (2019). “Aristotle’s biology.” In The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Winter 2019 Edition), Edited by E.N. Zalta: https://plato.stanford.edu/archives/win2019/entries/aristotle-biology/

Breitenbach, A. (2014). “Biological purposiveness and analogical reflection.” In Kant’s Theory of Biology. Edited by I. Goy and E. Watkins. De Gruyter, https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110225792.131.

Lennox, J.G. and Kampourakis, K. (2013). “Biological teleology: the need for history.” In The Philosophy of Biology: A Companion for Educators. Edited by K. Kampourakis. Springer Dordrecht.

Kant, I. (1952) [1790]. Critique of Judgement. Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Smith, J.E.H. (2011). Divine Machines: Leibniz and the Sciences of Life. Princeton: Princeton University Press.

Goy, I. (2014). “Epigenetic theories: Caspar Friedrich Wolff and Immanuel Kant.” In Kant’s Theory of Biology. Edited by I. Goy and E. Watkins. Berlin: De Gruyter, 43–60.