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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
|I||Monism, Pluralism, Unity, and Diversity||1|
|1||On the Impossibility of a Monistic Account of Species||3|
|2||On the Plurality of Species: Questioning the Party Line||23|
|3||The General Lineage Concept of Species and the Defining Properties of the Species Category||49|
|II||Species and Life's Complications||91|
|4||When Is a Rose?: The Kinds of Tetrahymena||93|
|5||Species as Ecological Mosaics||119|
|III||Rethinking Natural Kinds||139|
|6||Homeostasis, Species, and Higher Taxa||141|
|7||Realism, Essence, and Kind: Resuscitating Species Essentialism?||187|
|8||Squaring the Circle: Natural Kinds with Historical Essences||209|
|IV||Species in Mind and Culture||229|
|9||The Universal Primacy of Generic Species in Folkbiological Taxonomy: Implications for Human Biological, Cultural, and Scientific Evolution||231|
|10||Species, Stuff, and Patterns of Causation||263|
|11||Species and the Linnaean Hierarchy||285|
|12||Getting Rid of Species?||307|