Gould on species, metaphysics and macroevolution: A critical appraisal.

  • Sandy C. Boucher
  • Published 2017 in
    Studies in history and philosophy of biological…

Abstract

Stephen Jay Gould's views on the ontology of species were an important plank of his revisionist program in evolutionary theory. In this paper I cast a critical eye over those views. I focus on three central aspects of Gould's views on species: the relation between the Darwinian and the metaphysical notions of individuality, the relation between the ontology of species and macroevolution, and the issue of contextualism and conventionalism about the metaphysics of species.

DOI: 10.1016/j.shpsc.2017.02.004

Cite this paper

@article{Boucher2017GouldOS, title={Gould on species, metaphysics and macroevolution: A critical appraisal.}, author={Sandy C. Boucher}, journal={Studies in history and philosophy of biological and biomedical sciences}, year={2017}, volume={62}, pages={25-34} }