Beyond quantitative and qualitative traits: three telling cases in the life sciences

  title={Beyond quantitative and qualitative traits: three telling cases in the life sciences},
  author={D. Serpico},
  journal={Biology and Philosophy},
  • D. Serpico
  • Published 2020
  • Psychology
  • Biology and Philosophy
This paper challenges the common assumption that some phenotypic traits are quantitative while others are qualitative. The distinction between these two kinds of traits is widely influential in biological and biomedical research as well as in scientific education and communication. This is probably due to both historical and epistemological reasons. However, the quantitative/qualitative distinction involves a variety of simplifications on the genetic causes of phenotypic variability and on the… Expand
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