BIO Web of Conferences
Volume 4, 2015ORIGINS – Studies in Biological and Cultural Evolution
|Number of page(s)||8|
|Published online||24 June 2015|
Chemical evolution and life
Département de philosophie, Chaire de recherche UQAM en philosophie des sciences, Université du Québec à Montréal, 455 Boulevard René-Lévesque Est, Case postale 8888, succursale Centre-Ville, Montréal (Québec) H3C 3P8, Canada
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In research on the origins of life, the concept of “chemical evolution” aims at explaining the transition from non-living matter to living matter. There is however strong disagreement when it comes to defining this concept more precisely, and in particular with reference to a chemical form of Darwinian evolution: for some, chemical evolution is nothing but Darwinian evolution applied to chemical systems before life appeared; yet, for others, it is the type of evolution that happened before natural selection took place, the latter being the birthmark of living systems. In this contribution, I review the arguments defended by each side and show how both views presuppose a dichotomous definition of “life”.
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