Species: New Interdisciplinary Essays

Species: New Interdisciplinary Essays

by Robert A. Wilson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0262731231

ISBN-13: 9780262731232

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

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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
A. Wilson

The MIT Press

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262731232
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
01/01/1999
Series:
Bradford Books Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
348
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.90(h) x 2.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Contributors
IMonism, Pluralism, Unity, and Diversity1
1On the Impossibility of a Monistic Account of Species3
2On the Plurality of Species: Questioning the Party Line23
3The General Lineage Concept of Species and the Defining Properties of the Species Category49
IISpecies and Life's Complications91
4When Is a Rose?: The Kinds of Tetrahymena93
5Species as Ecological Mosaics119
IIIRethinking Natural Kinds139
6Homeostasis, Species, and Higher Taxa141
7Realism, Essence, and Kind: Resuscitating Species Essentialism?187
8Squaring the Circle: Natural Kinds with Historical Essences209
IVSpecies in Mind and Culture229
9The Universal Primacy of Generic Species in Folkbiological Taxonomy: Implications for Human Biological, Cultural, and Scientific Evolution231
10Species, Stuff, and Patterns of Causation263
VSpecies Begone!283
11Species and the Linnaean Hierarchy285
12Getting Rid of Species?307
Index317

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