De/Constituting WholesTowards Partiality Without PartsVienna: Turia + Kant, 2017
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Cite as: Robert Meunier and Valentine Reynaud, ‘The Innate Plasticity of Bodies and Minds: Integrating Models of Genetic Determination and Environmental Formation’, in De/Constituting Wholes: Towards Partiality Without Parts, ed. by Christoph F. E. Holzhey and Manuele Gragnolati, Cultural Inquiry, 11 (Vienna: Turia + Kant, 2017), pp. 151–76 <>

The Innate Plasticity of Bodies and MindsIntegrating Models of Genetic Determination and Environmental FormationRobert Meunier and Valentine Reynaud

Keywords: Organisms; Environmental influence; Developmental biology; Phenotypic plasticity; Wholeness; Epigenetics; Evolutionary biology; Innateness (Philosophy)

In recent years, concepts of plasticity and epigenetics have gained currency in different areas of the life sciences. In this article, we wish to ask primarily how plasticity and epigenetics relate to some notions in biology that they are often taken to oppose, such as genetic determination, genetic programme, and innateness.


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