Species: New Interdisciplinary Essays

  title={Species: New Interdisciplinary Essays},
  author={Robert A. Wilson},
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… 

Species, Humans, and Transformations

Do biological species have essences? The debate over this question in philosophy of biology exhibits fundamental confusion both between and within authors. In What to Salvage from the Species

Species concepts and Speciation: Facts and Fantasies

The identification of the punctuated mode of evolution, an alternative to gradualism, has required renewed focus on the nature of species and among the various modes of speciation, allopatric speciation is the best authenticated.

What is a species? Essences and generation

The collapse of the narrative about essences in biology is examined, finding that an intrinsic biological essentialism does not commit us to Aristotelian notions, nor even modern notions, of essence.

Historical biological essentialism.

  • Michael Devitt
  • Philosophy
    Studies in history and philosophy of biological and biomedical sciences
  • 2018

Leopold von Buch's legacy: Treating species as dynamic natural entities, or why geography matters

Although not unknown in the lgth century, but underutilized in its modern sense, the idea of using reproductive isolation (or its converse, the potential to interbreed) as a criterion to define

Why was Darwin’s view of species rejected by twentieth century biologists?

In the 150th anniversary of The Origin of Species, Darwinian views on species appear to be returning to more Darwinianviews on species, and to a fuller appreciation of what Darwin meant.

So what is a species anyway? A primatological perspective

The great interest in what a species is reflects the importance of “species” as fundamental units in most fields of biology, especially evolutionary biology, ecology, and conservation.

Pattern Cladistics and the ‘Realism–Antirealism Debate’ in the Philosophy of Biology

It is argued that a robust articulation of Antirealist alternatives in systematics may provide a rational basis for its disciplinary separation from evolutionary biology, as well as for a critical reconsideration of the proper role of certain Scientific Realist positions, currently popular in comparative biology.

The Species Problem: A Philosophical Analysis

The ‘species problem’ is that there are multiple ways to conceive species that divide up biodiversity in inconsistent ways. Monistic responses to the species problem seek a single universal species

On the nature of the species problem and the four meanings of 'species'.

  • T. Reydon
  • Philosophy, Environmental Science
    Studies in history and philosophy of biological and biomedical sciences
  • 2005