Argyris Arnellos

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Associate Professor

Postal Address: Konstantinoupoleos 2, Ermoupolis, Syros, 84100
Phone: 22810-97142
Email: arar[αt]

Argyris Arnellos is an Associate Professor at the Department of Product and Systems Design Engineering at the University of the Aegean, in Syros, Greece, where he is also the director of the Complex Systems and Service Design Lab. He is also an external member of the IAS-Research Group for Life, Mind and Society, at the Department of Logic and Philosophy of Science, at the University of the Basque Country, in Spain. He has been awarded prestigious fellowships (Marie Curie fellow, Konrad Lorentz Institute fellow, and Ramon y Cajal researcher) for the last 10 consecutive years.

His inter- and multi-disciplinary research work spans the fields of Complex Systems, Philosophy of Biology and Theoretical Biology, Philosophy of Cognitive Science, Cognitive Psychology, and Design Theory. He is working on the establishment of an organizational / systemic account for the evolution of bio-cognitive complexity—with applications in design theory of complex systems—and with a strong focus on the evolution of agency.

Research topics

  • Complex Systems Theory
  • Philosophy of Cognition & Evolution of Agency
  • Philosophy of Biology & Theoretical Biology
  • Embodied Cognition & Interaction, Emotions & Aesthetics
  • Design Theory
  • Systemic & Organizational Approaches in the Design of Complex Systems

Selected Publications

  • Arnellos A. and Keijzer F. (2019). Bodily Complexity: Integrated Multicellular Organizations for Contraction-Based Motility. Front. Physiol. 10:1268
  • Canciani M., Arnellos A. and Moreno A. (2019). Revising the Superorganism: An Organizational Approach to Complex Eusociality. Frontiers in Psychology, 10(2653)
  • Arnellos A. (2018). From organizations of processes to organisms and other biological individuals In: D. Nicholson and J Dupré (eds). Everything Flows: Towards a Processual Philosophy of Biology. Oxford University Press (OUP), pp. 199-221.
  • Arnellos A. and El-Hani C. (2018). Emergence, Downward Causation, and No Brute Facts in Biological Systems In: E. Vintiadis, C Mekios, (eds) Brute facts anthology. Oxford University Press (OUP). pp. 248-270.
  • Xenakis I. and Arnellos A. (2017). Aesthetics as evaluative forms of agency to perceive and design reality: a reply to aesthetic realism. New Ideas in Psychology. New Ideas In Psychology (47): 166-174.
  • Keijzer F. and Arnellos A. (2017). The animal sensorimotor organization: A challenge for the environmental complexity thesis. Biology and Philosophy 32(3): 421–441.
  • Arnellos A. and Moreno A. (2016). Integrating constitution and interaction in the transition from unicellular to multicellular organisms. In: Niklas K, Newman S (eds.) Multicellularity: origins and evolution. MIT Press, Cambridge MA, pp 249-275.
  • Arnellos A. and Moreno A. (2015). Multicellular agency: an organizational view. Biology and Philosophy, 30(3): 333-357.
  • Arnellos A., Moreno A. and Ruiz-Mirazo K. (2014). Organizational requirements for multicellular autonomy: insights from a comparative case study. Biology and Philosophy, 29(6):851-884.
  • Xenakis I. and Arnellos A. (2014). Aesthetic perception and its minimal content: a naturalistic perspective. Front. Psychol. 5:1038.
  • Xenakis I. and Arnellos A. (2013). The relation between interaction aesthetics and affordances. Design Studies, 34(1): 57-73.
  • Arnellos A. and Moreno A. (2012). How Functional Differentiation Originated in Prebiotic Evolution. Ludus Vitalis, XX, num 37, 1-23.
  • Arnellos A., Bruni E., L., El-Hani C., Collier, J. (2012). Anticipatory Functions, Digital-Analog forms and Biosemiotics: Integrating the tools to model Information and Normativity in Autonomous Biological Agents. Biosemiotics, 5(3): 331-367.
  • Xenakis I., Arnellos A. and Darzentas J. (2012). The Functional Role of Emotions in Aesthetic Judgement, New Ideas in Psychology, 30 (2), 212-226.
  • Arnellos A., Spyrou T. and Darzentas J. (2010). Towards the Naturalization of Agency based on an Interactivist Account of Autonomy, New Ideas in Psychology, 28 (3), 296-311.
  • Arnellos A., Spyrou T. and Darzentas J. (2010). Naturalising the Design Process: Autonomy and Interaction as the Core Features, in ‘Beyond Description: Naturalism and Normativity’, (Eds.) Marcin Milkowski and Konrad Talmont-Kaminski, Texts in Philosophy, Vol. 13, pp. 265-288, College Publications.
  • Arnellos A., Spyrou T. and Darzentas J. (2007). Cybernetic Embodiment and the Role of Autonomy in the Design Process, Kybernetes, Vol. 36 No. 9/10, pp. 1207 – 1224.
  • Arnellos A., Spyrou T. and Darzentas J. (2007). Exploring Creativity in the Design Process: A Systems-semiotic Perspective, Cybernetics and Human Knowing, Vol. 14, No.1, pp.37-64.