The Problem of Biological Individuality

  title={The Problem of Biological Individuality},
  author={Ellen Clarke},
  journal={Biological Theory},
  • Ellen Clarke
  • Published 1 December 2010
  • Biology
  • Biological Theory
Darwin described forces of selection acting upon individuals, but there remains a great deal of controversy about the exact status and definition of a biological individual. Recently some authors have argued that the individual is dispensable—that an inability to pin it down is not problematic because little rests on it anyway. The aim of this article is to show that there is a real problem of biological individuality, and an urgent need to arbitrate among the current plethora of solutions to… 

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