Self-Organization, Individuation and Identity
Collier (John)
Source: Revue Internationale de Philosophie. April 2004; 58:2(228): 151-172
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  1. Self-organization produces larger scale order through the promotion of fluctuations via processes inherent in open system dynamics. It appears to require lifting oneself by one's bootstraps without even having boots to begin with.
  2. I consider the logic of individuation1 for natural systems and their properties, arguing for the unique utility of a dynamically based unity relation.
  3. I finish with an analysis of the requirements for self-organization, and discuss how these requirements entail that self-organizing systems are both self-producing and self-maintaining in a clear and important sense: the very process of self-organization implies individuation2 of the entity formed.

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