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The Species Problem: A Conceptual History (2023)

The Species Problem: A Conceptual History (2023)

English | 2023 | ISBN: 9781003346296 | 275 pages | True PDF | 9.94 MB

The general notion of species is one of the most fundamental in biology. But an idea of species is also one of the most persistent unresolved obsessions of biologists, philosophers and theoreticians. This new book investigates the multifaceted problem species as a “conceptual envelope” of that notion. Contemporary conceptualists and evolutionary epistemology allow for a fresh look by analyzing the framework of history viewed as changes ordered by changing philosophical-scientific contexts. In this analysis, the species problem is characterized in a pluralistic non-trivial manner, in contrast to a more monistic “accepted view.”

Key Features

Provides new insights into the persistent species “problem.”
Focuses on conceptual history and identifies pivotal landmarks in the history of the concept of species.
Argues for a scientific consistency of species pluralism.
Discusses the “evolving species-hood” in the context of new essentialism.
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• Mishler, B. D. What, if anything, are species? (ISBN 978-1-4987-1454-9)
• Wilkins, J. S. Species: The Evolution of the Idea, Second Edition (ISBN 978-1-1380-5574-2)
• Sigwart, J. D. What Species Mean: A User’s Guide to the Units of Biodiversity (ISBN 978-1-4987-9937-9)