ISBN: 9780262286350 | 349 pp. | August 1999


New Interdisciplinary Essays

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.

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

Table of Contents

  1. Acknowledgments
  2. Introduction
  3. Contributors
  4. 1. On the Impossibility of a Monistic Account of Species

    John Dupré

  5. 2. On the Plurality of Species: Questioning the Party Line

    David L. Hull

  6. 3. The General Lineage Concept of Species and the Defining Properties of the Species Category

    Kevin de Queiroz

  7. 4. When Is a Rose?: The Kinds of Tetrahymena

    David L. Nanney

  8. 5. Species as Ecological Mosaics

    Kim Sterelny

  9. 6. Homeostasis, Species, and Higher Taxa

    Richard Boyd

  10. 7. Realism, Essence, and Kind: Resuscitating Species Essentialism?

    Robert A. Wilson

  11. 8. Squaring the Circle: Natural Kinds with Historical Essences

    Paul E. Griffiths

  12. 9. The Universal Primacy of Generic Species in Folkbiological Taxonomy: Implications for Human Biological, Cultural, and Scientific Evolution

    Scott Atran

  13. 10. Species, Stuff, and Patterns of Causation

    Frank C. Keil and Daniel C. Richardson

  14. 11. Species and the Linnaean Hierarchy

    Marc Ereshefsky

  15. 12. Getting Rid of Species?

    Brent D. Mishler

  16. Index