DOI: 10.1007/978-1-4939-7456-6_1
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Abstract: In the last decade, Systems Biology has emerged as a conceptual and explanatory alternative to reductionist-based approaches in molecular biology. However, the foundations of this new discipline need to be fleshed out more carefully. In this paper, we claim that a relational ontology is a necessary tool to ground both the conceptual and explanatory aspects of Systems Biology. A relational ontology holds that relations are prior-both conceptually and explanatory-to entities, and that in the biological realm ent…

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