Species: New Interdisciplinary Essaysby Robert A. Wilson
Pub. Date: 01/01/1999
Publisher: MIT Press
The concept of species has played a central role in both evolutionary biology and the philosophy of biology, and has been the focus of a number of books in recent years. This book differs from other recent collections in two ways. It is more explicitly integrative and analytical, centering on issues of general significance such as pluralism and realism about
The concept of species has played a central role in both evolutionary biology and the philosophy of biology, and has been the focus of a number of books in recent years. This book differs from other recent collections in two ways. It is more explicitly integrative and analytical, centering on issues of general significance such as pluralism and realism about species. It also draws on a broader range of disciplines and brings neglected cognitive, anthropological, and historical dimensions to philosophical debates over species.
The chapters are organized around five themes: unity, integration, and pluralism; species realism;
historical dimensions; cognitive underpinnings; and practical import. The contributors include prominent researchers from anthropology, botany, developmental psychology, the philosophy of biology and science, protozoology, and zoology.
Contributors: Scott Atran, Richard Boyd, Kevin de
Queiroz, John Dupré, Marc Ereshefsky, Paul E. Griffiths, David L. Hull, Frank C.
Keil, Brent D. Mishler, David L. Nanney, Daniel C. Richardson, Kim Sterelny, Robert
Table of ContentsAcknowledgments
I Monism, Pluralism, Unity, and Diversity
1 On the Impossibility of a Monistic Account of Species
2 On the Plurality of Species: Questioning the Party Line
David L. Hull
3 The General Lineage Concept of Species and the Defining
Properties of the Species Category
Kevin de Queiroz
II Species and Life's Complications
4 When Is a Rose?: The Kinds of Tetrahymena
David L. Nanney
5 Species as Ecological Mosaics
III Rethinking Natural Kinds
6 Homeostasis, Species, and Higher TaXa
7 Realism, Essence, and Kind: Resuscitating Species
Robert A. Wilson
8 Squaring the Circle: Natural Kinds with Historical
Paul E. Griffiths
IV Species in Mind and Culture
9 The Universal Primacy of Generic Species in
Folkbiological TaXonomy: Implications for Human Biological, Cultural,
and Scientific Evolution
10 Species, Stuff, and Patterns of Causation
Frank C. Keil and Daniel C. Richardson
V Species Begone!
11 Species and the Linnaean Hierarchy
12 Getting Rid of Species?
Brent D. Mishler
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