Universal symbiogenesis: a genuine alternative to universal selectionist accounts.

Nathalie Gontier

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The process of symbiogenesis need not be confined to either the microcosm or the origin of eukaryotic beings. On the
contrary, just as natural selection today is being universalized by evolutionary biologists and evolutionary epistemologists,
symbiogenesis can be universalized as well. It will be argued that in its universalized form, symbiogenesis can provide: (1) a
general tool to examine various forms of interaction between different biological organisms (regular symbiogenesis,
hybridization, virus-host interactions), and (2) new metaphors for extra-biological fields such as cosmology, the cultural
sciences, and language. Universal symbiogenesis can thus complement universal selectionist accounts of evolution.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)167-181
Number of pages15
Publication statusPublished - 2007


  • symbiogenesis
  • philosophy of evolutionary biology
  • evolutionary epistemology
  • units, levels and mechanisms of evolution

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