Preprint version of paper forthcoming in The Monist 90 : 4 ( 2007 ) Continua in Biological Systems

@inproceedings{Schulz2007PreprintVO,
  title={Preprint version of paper forthcoming in The Monist 90 : 4 ( 2007 ) Continua in Biological Systems},
  author={Stefan Schulz and Ingvar Johansson},
  year={2007}
}
We defend the fundamental ontological-pragmatic principle that often where there are continua in reality, science is forced to make partly fiat terminological delimitations. In particular, this principle applies when it comes to describing biological organisms, their parts, properties, and relations. Human-made fiat delimitations are indispensable at the level of both individuals and the natural kinds which they instantiate. The kinds of pragmatically based ‘fiatness’ that we describe can… CONTINUE READING
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