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Teleology, Goal-Directedness and Self-Organization: How to best revive teleology in the context of biologys

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Teleology, Goal-Directedness and Self-Organization by Gergely Kertesz
Thursday, January 28, 2021, 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

There are a number of phenomena that seem to lend themselves to teleological interpretation in biology. From the growth of complexity in the history of evolution to ontogenetic development and adaptive traits. A lot of effort went into the discussion of these issues, especially the last. In this paper, I would like to concentrate on the less discussed but promising phenomenon of self-organization. The cybernetic tradition is rightly criticized for not being able to define teleology in terms of goal-directedness in a satisfactory manner. However, utilizing Mayr's distinction between teleomatic and telenomic and by enriching this discussion with perspectives form systems theory and organisational biology I aim to defend the project that originates in the context of cybernetics.

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