Notre invité sera Alvaro Moreno, Professeur de philosophie des sciences à l'Université du Pays Basque (UPV/EHU). Son intervention portera sur le sujet suivant:
“Conceptual issues in the Origin of Life”
Current scientific research sees the origin of life as a set of processes that, together, would explain how, starting from a world dominated by purely physical-chemical principles, it has been possible that a specific set of molecules organize themselves in such a way that they develop a phased process, in which this initial organization has been able to bring forth new and increasingly complex forms of organization, till governing its own variability and deploying an undefined complexity and sustainability. This shared view, however, is full of scientific debates and puzzles, many of them attracting philosopher’s attention. Yet, philosophers should ask too which are the most fundamental issues behind these debates, namely which are the questions that lie behind the different Research Programs in the field, that drive and unify them. In this talk I will present a tentative list of four fundamental questions: the question of the specificity of the relation between matter and form; the emergence of functions; the emergence of individuality and agency; and the significance of unlimited evolvability.