New Essentialism in Biology

@article{Rieppel2010NewEI,
  title={New Essentialism in Biology},
  author={O. Rieppel},
  journal={Philosophy of Science},
  year={2010},
  volume={77},
  pages={662 - 673}
}
  • O. Rieppel
  • Published 2010
  • Sociology
  • Philosophy of Science
The architects of the modern synthesis banned essentialism from evolutionary theory. This rejection of essentialism was motivated by Darwin’s theory of natural selection, and the continuity of evolutionary transformation. Contemporary evolutionary biology witnesses a renaissance of essentialism in three contexts: “origin essentialism” with respect to species and supraspecific taxa, the bar coding of species on the basis of discontinuities of DNA variation between populations, and the search for… Expand
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