Systems Biology Through the Concept of Emergence

Alexey Kolodkin*

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“I think that philosophy (and a specific philosophical paradigm) is exactly what differentiates systems biology from closely related sciences such as molecular biology and computational biology. Indeed, some people think that systems biology is just a kind of molecular biology - let us say a quantified (computationally based) version of molecular biology – or, on the contrary, that systems biology is just a version of computational biology. I think that a certain philosophical paradigm is what makes systems biology different from these closely related sciences. I believe that systems biology represents a shift in the way we conceptualize systems rather than an extension of previous approaches.”.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHistory, Philosophy and Theory of the Life Sciences
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media B.V.
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameHistory, Philosophy and Theory of the Life Sciences
ISSN (Print)2211-1948
ISSN (Electronic)2211-1956


  • Emergent Property
  • Strong Emergence
  • System Biology
  • Virtual Human
  • Weak Emergence


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