Defining Species: A Sourcebook from Antiquity to Today - American University Studies 203 (Hardback)John S. Wilkins (author)
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Defining Species: A Sourcebook from Antiquity to Today provides excerpts and commentary on the definition of "species" from source material ranging from the Greeks, through the middle ages, to the modern era. It demonstrates that the logical meaning of species is in direct contrast to the use of kind terms and concepts in natural history and biology, and that the myth that biologists or natural historians were ever essentialists about kinds is mistaken.
Publisher: Peter Lang Publishing Inc
Number of pages: 238
Weight: 450 g
Dimensions: 230 x 160 mm
Edition: New edition
"A good deal of current understanding of species and their evolution originates within the Modern Synthesis, the grand overhaul of evolutionary biology that began in the 1930s and became the dominant paradigm for evolutionary biology. The philosophical positioning of the species debate is now around what has been called the Essentialism Story, or, more pointedly, the Essentialism Myth. `Defining Species', an anthology of thought from Plato to Cracraft, provides relevant information in abundance, including a compendium of views on the species question and evidence to evaluate the various intellectual threads of the Essentialism Story - perhaps laying it finally to rest and pointing the way to progress." (David Williams, Natural History Museum, London)
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