Introduction Preface 1 Tracks of thought 1.1 Organismal maintenance 1.2 The war metaphor 1.3 Metaimmunological musings 2 Immunobiology 2.1 The received view 2.2 The integrated view 2.3 The many and the one 3 Adaptive plasticity 3.1 Totalities of involvement 3.2 Equipping the adaptive toolbox 3.3 Exemption explained 4 Natura naturans 4.1 Situating life 4.2 Social evolution 4.3 Coevolutionary dynamics 5 Disabled defences 5.1 Failure to perform 5.2 The re-enacting of ancient conflicts 5.3 Environmental challenges References Index
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