Form, function and value in the emerging and self-organizing processes of the natural evolution


  • Mirko Di Bernardo



Genealogy of Morality, Non-Reductionist Naturalism, Biosemiotics, Intentionality, Autonomous Agents, the Evolution of Meaning, Post-Neo-Darwinism


Keeping S.A. Kauffman’s agency theory and W.J. Freeman’s neurobiology of meaning as a projection period, the contribution through the use of a specific epistemological approach linked to the theory of biological complexity examines the opportunity of interpreting life and cognition as emerging phenomena such as hierarchical levels of self-organization in continuous co-evolution. At this level the relationship between form, function and value becomes a generative biological information of always new dialectical processes of organizational closure. From this point of view, the hypothesis to investigate is that rudiments of semantics, intentionality and value arise with autonomous agents and therefore are intrinsically related to the notion of life itself.