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Biomedical Ontologies - A Special Issue of The Monist

PD Dr. Steffen Schulze-Kremer schulze-kremer at
Wed Nov 30 02:25:43 PST 2005

Dear Colleagues,

I would like to ask for your attention to the following call for papers.

Steffen Schulze-Kremer

Biomedical Ontologies
A Special Issue of The Monist

Advisory Editor: Steffen Schulze-Kremer
schulze-kremer at

The rapidly increasing wealth of genomic data has driven the
development of tools to assist in the task of representing and
processing information about the biology and chemistry of life with an
eye to medical applications. Ontologies have come to play an
indispensable part in this development, with ambitious projects such as
the Gene Ontology attempting to produce controlled vocabularies for
the description of biological phenomena that can be applied in
consistent fashion across a range of different disciplines. Biomedical
ontologies seek both to classify the entities within given domains and
also to specify the types of relations between these entities. In this,
however, they encounter problems familiar to philosophers, problems
having to do with the proper handling of types and tokens, of
continuants and occurrents, of change and causality. They need to
confront also problematic matters such as the proper treatment of
information, expression, function, pattern, system and the like, which
play an important role in the life sciences. The present issue of The
Monist is designed to serve as a forum within which biologists and
philosophers can address such problems in a way that is both
philosophically rigorous and of practical significance. Contributors
will include Russ Altman, Olivier Bodenreider, and Ingvar Johansson.

Deadline for Submissions: October 31, 2006

PD Dr. Steffen Schulze-Kremer      RRZN, Universität Hannover
Schlosswender Str. 5               D-30159 Hannover
Tel: (0511) 762 - 4722             Fax: (0511) 762 - 700 4722
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