When Traditional Essentialism Fails : Biological Natural Kinds

@inproceedings{Wilson2008WhenTE,
  title={When Traditional Essentialism Fails : Biological Natural Kinds},
  author={R. A. Wilson and Matthew J. Barker and Ingo Brigandt},
  year={2008}
}
A near consensus in the philosophy of biology holds that traditional essentialism is a mistaken view of biological kinds, such as species. Traditional essentialists hold that natural kinds “must possess definitional essences that define them in terms of necessary and sufficient, intrinsic, unchanging, ahistorical properties” (Boyd 1999, 146), and the near consensus in the philosophy of biology holds that biological kinds such as species do not possess these essences. We think that this near… CONTINUE READING

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