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

Overview

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

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
I Monism, Pluralism, Unity, and Diversity
1 On the Impossibility of a Monistic Account of Species
John Dupré
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
Kim Sterelny
III Rethinking Natural Kinds
6 Homeostasis, Species, and Higher TaXa
Richard Boyd
7 Realism, Essence, and Kind: Resuscitating Species
Essentialism?
Robert A. Wilson
8 Squaring the Circle: Natural Kinds with Historical
Essences
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
Scott Atran
10 Species, Stuff, and Patterns of Causation
Frank C. Keil and Daniel C. Richardson
V Species Begone!
11 Species and the Linnaean Hierarchy
Marc Ereshefsky
12 Getting Rid of Species?
Brent D. Mishler
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