Volume 13 · Number 1 · Pages 147–149
Function vs. Structure: The Immune System as a Case in Point

Jorge Mpodozis

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Open peer commentary on the article “The Epigenetic Immune Network” by Nelson Monteiro Vaz & Luiz Antônio Botelho Andrade. Upshot: Functional approaches to systems, while of heuristic value in many cases, may lead to a neglect of some fundamental aspects of systemic phenomenology. The adoption of an alternative structural/mechanistic approach can be very enlightening to unveil, and effective to solve, the conceptual and heuristic limitations resulting from the adoption of the functional approach. The epistemic history of immunology, as described in the target article, offers compelling evidences of this situation.


Mpodozis J. (2017) Function vs. Structure: The immune system as a case in point. Constructivist Foundations 13(1): 147–149. http://constructivist.info/13/1/147

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