Species: New Interdisciplinary Essays by Robert A. Wilson

Species: New Interdisciplinary Essays

EditorRobert A. Wilson

Paperback | July 9, 1999

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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

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Rob Wilson received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Cornell University in1992, and has taught at Queen's University, Canada (1992-1996), and the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (1996-2001), where he was a member of the Cognitive Science Group at the university's Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology. Since July 20...
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Title:Species: New Interdisciplinary EssaysFormat:PaperbackDimensions:349 pages, 9.9 × 7 × 0.9 inPublished:July 9, 1999Publisher:The MIT PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0262731231

ISBN - 13:9780262731232

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This examination of the concept of species takes an interdisciplinary approach, bringing together evolutionary biology, the philosophy of biology and anthropology. Species addresses the five main themes of unity, including integration and pluralism, species realism, historical dimensions, cognitive underpinnings and practical import. Editor Robert A. Wilson brings together experts from the fields of anthropology, botany, zoology, psychology and the philosophy of science.

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This is a fresh, well-conceived collection on one of the most persistent problems in the philosophy of biology -- the species problem. Unlike most anthologies, but like many species, it is cohesive and integrated.