Theme issue ‘Unifying the essential concepts of biological networks: biological insights and philosophical foundations’

Compiled and edited by Daniel Kostić, Claus C. Hilgetag and Marc Tittgemeyer

Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences: Vol 375, No 1796


Over the last decades, network-based approaches have become highly popular in diverse areas of biology. While these approaches continue to grow very rapidly, some of their conceptual and methodological aspects still require a programmatic foundation. In order to unify and systematize network approaches across biological sciences, this theme issue brings together scientists working in many diverse areas of biological sciences as well as philosophers working on foundational issues of network explanations and modelling, who together aim to develop universally applicable norms of network explanations, as well as systematize network concepts, such as levels and hierarchies.