Reduction: A Philosophical Analysis


The molecularization of biology has led to a renewed interest in the possibility of reducing biological phenomena to physical interactions.

Keywords: reduction

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Sarkar, Sahotra(Jul 2003) Reduction: A Philosophical Analysis. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. [doi: 10.1038/npg.els.0003460]