Philosophy and mind
Progress in Science: The Problem of Semantic Commensurability,
Collier 1984, unpublished PhD thesis, facsimile, 7.5 MB PDF
Incommensurability, PSA 1984, based on part of Chapter 1 of my
Limitations of Behaviorist and Computational Models of Mind
not to defend metaphysical realism. (1986) Southwestern
Philosophical Review, Vol 3: 19-27
I conceive being a brain in a vat? (1990) Australasian
Journal of Philosophy
of the Internal Perspective in Western Science (1996)
the Necessity of Natural Kinds In Peter Riggs, ed. Natural
Kinds, Laws of Nature and Scientific Reasoning (Dordrecht:
in Anticipatory Systems: Significance for Functionality,
Intentionality and Meaning (1999)
is the Transfer of Information In Howard Sankey (ed)
Causation, Natural Laws and Explanation (Dordrecht: Kluwer,
Dynamical Basis of Information and the Origins of Semiosis in
Edwina Taborsky (ed) Semiosis. Evolution. Energy Towards a Reconceptualization of the Sign.
Aachen Shaker Verlag 1999 Bochum
Publications in Semiotics New Series. Vol. 3 (1999): 111-136.
and Process Closure as the Basis for Functionality (2000)
Theory as a General Language for Functional Systems (2000)
Theory (draft article, circa 2000)
with the Unexpected (CASYS 2000)
and autonomy in open dynamical systems (Cog Science talk,
is autonomy? (CASYS 2001)
individuation and identity, Revue Internationale de Philosophie
59 (2004): 151-172.
anticipation and novel adaptations.In: Dubranova,
I. (Ed.), Science of Self-Organization and Self-Organization of
Science. Abris, Kyiv, pp. 64–89.
Collier, J., 2004b.
the distinctions: Distinctions as the epistemologically
significant content of experience (2004, with Konrad Talmont-Kaminski)
pragmatics: The functional context of utterances (2005, with
for fully autonomous anticipation (CASYS 2005)
dynamic systems view of economic and political theory
(Christian Fuchs and John Collier Theoria
113: 23-52, 2007)
autonomous anticipation: The importance of Dubois' Conjecture
(ALife X 2006, Biosystems 2008)
dynamical approach to identity and diversity in complex systems.
In Paul Cilliers, Rika Prieser
Difference and Identity: an Ethical Perspective. 2010
for Reconciling Sellars’ World Images.
South African Journal of Philosophy. 2010, 29(4): 343-356.
causation and computation (2012. Information
and Computation: Essays on Scientific and Philosophical
Understanding of Foundations of Information and Computation,
Ed by Gordana Dodig Crnkovic
and Mark Burgin, World Scientific)
- Reference as Achievement, (2013, with Konrad Talmont-Kaminski)
Can Preserve Structure Across Scientific Revolutions, Powerpoint
for Canadian Society for History and Philosophy of Science, 2013
Pragmatics and Linguistic Creativity, South African Journal of
Dynamical Basis of Social Emergence, Powerpoint
for workshop I led at the Bertalanffy
Center for Systems Studies, Vienna, November 25, 2014
- Tetralectics. Notes for a talk on an
ancient and modern metaphysical four-fold root of Reality.
in Evolution. Biology and Philosophy 1,1986:
- Supervenience and Reduction in Biological
- The Dynamics of Biological Order
(1988) B. Weber, D. Depew and J.D. Smith (eds) Entropy, Information
and Evolution. MIT Press.
the gap between pattern and process (With Dan Brooks and Ed
Wiley, unpublished circa 1988)
Laws in a Changing World: Reconciling Physics and Biology
Notice of Richard D. Alexander, The Biology of Moral Systems
Naturalism and the Objectivity of Morality (1993) Biology
and Philosophy, with Michael Stingl
depth and biological complexity (circa 1998)
Increase in Biological Systems: How does Adaptation Fit? In
Evolutionary Systems, Gertrudis van der Vijver,
Stanley N. Salthe and Manuela Delpos
(Dordrecht, Kluwer, 1998): 129-140.
Unified Approach to Species (unpublished, 1998 version)
in biological systems (2003, INTAS, Moscow)
open autonomy unifies two approaches to function (CASYS 2003)
dynamical information systems with a focus on biology (Entropy
partiality from a biological point of view (Michael Stingl and
John Collier, Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 2005)
and identity in complex systems Cumming, G. S., and J.
Collier. Ecology and Society 10(1): 29. (2005)
theories, models and applications (Wistar
2, 2007 Powerpoint)
review of the cohesion concept of species (ISHPSSB, Exeter,
in biological systems (Handbook of Philosophy of Science, vol 8, Philosophy
of Information, 2008, Chapter 5f)
Biological Information and Functionality (PowerPoint for
Gathering in Biosemiotics 2008, and for ISHPSSB 2009)
Biological Functionality: Is Control Theory Enough? South
African Journal of Philosophy. 2011, 30(4): 53-62.
dynamical approach to ecosystem identity (2011), with Graeme
B. Brown, K. de Laplante and K.
Peacock, Philosophy of Ecology. (Dordrecht: North-Holland)
notions of biological hierarchy (ISHPSSB 2011)
- Interpretants. In Donald Favereau,
Paul Cobley and Kalevi
Kull, eds. A More Developed Sign:
Interpreting the Work of Jesper Hoffmeyer. Tartu Semiotics Library 10, Tartu
University Press, Tartu 2012: 175-177.
Functions, Digital-Analog Forms and Biosemiotics: Integrating the
Tools to Model Information and Normativity in Autonomous
Biological Agents. Argyris Arnellos & Luis Emilio Bruni
&Charbel Niño El-Hani & John
Collier. Biosemiotics (2012) 5: 331-367.
moral realism. With Michael Stingl, Biological Theory.
7: 218-226. DOI 10.1007/s13752-012-0067-x
without minds. V. Romanini, E. Fernández (eds.), Peirce and Biosemiotics,
Biosemiotics 11, DOI 10.1007/978-94-007-7732-3_10, © Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2014.
genes signs and if so what are they signs of? PowerPoint, talk
to Biosemiotics Gathering, 2015 Copenhagen
Systems and Emergence
Faces of Maxwell's Demon Reveal the Nature of Irreversibility.
Studies in the Hist and Phil of
in the New Physics (Descant 1993)
Originates in Symmetry Breaking (Symmetry 1996)
Dynamical Basis of Emergence in Natural Hierarchies (1998)
with Scott Muller
Organised Dynamical Systems with C.A. Hooker (1999)
From Rhythmic Entrainment and the Origin of Levels Through
Dissipation (1998) with Mark Burch
- Notes for a talk: Information
connects logic and causation.
Levels and Entrainment (ISSS 2000) with Mark Burch
- Bénard Cells: A Model Disspative
System (ECHO IV 2000) with Mishtu
properties of self-organization (2003, INTAS, Moscow)
complexity: Properties, models and the limits of understanding
supervenience, and physical emergence
( Behavioral and Brain Sciences commentary, 2004)
entrainment, symmetry and power (2007. In Kurt Richardson and
Paul Cilliers (eds)
Explorations in Complexity Thinking)
dynamical account of emergence (Cybernetics and Human
Knowing, 15, no 3-4 2008: 75-100).
of Information in Scientific Use. 2011. cognition,
communication, co-operation. Vol 9, No 2
and emergence: Dynamical complexity defeats Laplace’s Demon. South
African Journal of Philosophy.
2011. Vol. 30, no 2: 229-243.
in dynamical systems. Analiza
(Analysis and Existence) 2014. 23: 17-40.
dynamical interpretation of emergence and its consequences.
Keynote lecture powerpoint to European Meetings on Cybernetics and
Systems Research, 2014, Vienna
dynamics, self-organization and the implications for management.
Keynote lecture powerpoint at IS4IS Summit, International Society
for Information Studies, Vienna, 2015.
must the world be like to have information about it? Invited
lecture powerpoint for Triangular relationship:
information-reality-cognition, IS4IS Summit, Vienna 2015
dynamics, self-organization and the implications for management
In Wolfgang HofKirchner and Mark Burgin (eds) The Future
Information Society: Social and Technological Problems
Singapore, World Scientific: 35-57, 2016.
Thing Must Go, James Ladyman
and Don Ross with David Spurrett and
John Collier. Oxford University Press, 2007.
Organization, and Emergence (talk at symposium on function in ecology at
the Instituto da Biologia,
Federal University of Bahia) Three parts on YouTube: http://youtu.be/yPtK23Xyje4 ; http://youtu.be/QpyytUwZCJ8 ; http://youtu.be/Lo-QbVM27vM
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