@misc{cogprints187, volume = {901}, month = {May}, title = {Closure, Function, Emergence, Semiosis and Life: The Same Idea? Reflections on the Concrete and the Abstract in Theoretical Biology.}, author = {Claus Emmeche}, year = {2000}, pages = {187--197}, journal = {Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences}, keywords = {closure, emergence, emergent properties, life, experiential knowledge, concept of function, biofunction, functionality, semiosis, biosemiotics, prototypes, self-organization, autopoiesis, autocatalysis, semantic closure, theoretical biology, reification, abstraction, generality, scientism.}, url = {http://cogprints.org/187/}, abstract = {In this note some epistemological problems in general theories about living systems are considered; in particular, the question of hidden connections between different areas of experience, such as folk biology and scientific biology, and hidden connections between central concepts of theoretical biology, such as function, semiosis, closure and life.} }