Skip navigation
Hardcover | Out of Print | 349 pp. | 7 x 9.9 in | July 1999 | ISBN: 9780262232012
Mouseover for Online Attention Data

Species

New Interdisciplinary Essays

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

About the Editor

Robert A. Wilson is Professor of Philosophy at La Trobe University, the author of Genes and the Agents of Life, and coeditor of The MIT Encyclopedia of the Cognitive Sciences and of Explanation and Cognition (all three published by the MIT Press). He directed the project that built www.eugenicsarchive.ca and is a director and the executive producer of the documentary Surviving Eugenics.

Endorsements

“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.”
Robert N. Brandon, Professor of Philsophy and Zoology, Duke University