The limits of the self will be essential reading for anyone interested in the definition of biological individuality and the understanding of the immune system key words immune system self non self tolerance identity individuality theoretical immunology continuity discontinuity theory philosophy of immunology philosophy of biology. Thomas pradeu the limits of the self immunology and biological identity elizabeth vitanza tr oxford university press 2012 6500 hbk isbn 9780199775286 reviewed by alfred i tauber boston university serious philosophical attention to immunological theory over the past two decades has . The limits of the self immunology and biological identity thomas pradeu and translated by elizabeth vitanza offers a critique of the dominant theory in immunology namely the self nonself theory and suggests a new theory to explain the triggering of immune responses. Get this from a library the limits of the self immunology and biological identity thomas pradeu what counts as an individual in the living world what does it mean for a living thing to remain the same through time while constantly changing these questions are the province of immunology one . These questions are the province of immunology one of the most dynamic fields in biology immunology answers these questions with its theory of self and nonself which has dominated the field since the 1940s
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