The Species Problem: A Philosophical Analysis (Cambridge by Richard A. Richards

By Richard A. Richards

there's long-standing war of words between systematists approximately the best way to divide biodiversity into species. Over twenty varied species techniques are used to team organisms, in keeping with standards as different as morphological or molecular similarity, interbreeding and genealogical relationships. This, mixed with the consequences of evolutionary biology, increases the concern that both there's no unmarried type of species, or that species will not be actual. This booklet surveys the background of considering species from Aristotle to trendy systematics with a purpose to comprehend the foundation of the matter, and advocates an answer in response to the belief of the department of conceptual exertions, wherein species thoughts functionality in several methods - theoretically and operationally. It additionally considers comparable subject matters corresponding to individuality and the metaphysics of evolution, and the way medical phrases get their that means. this significant addition to the present debate may be crucial for philosophers and historians of technological know-how, and for biologists.

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