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Understanding viruses: Philosophical investigations.

Pradeu, Thomas and Kostyrka, Gladys and Dupré, John (2016) Understanding viruses: Philosophical investigations. Studies in history and philosophy of biological and biomedical sciences. ISSN 1879-2499

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Abstract

Viruses have been virtually absent from philosophy of biology. In this editorial introduction, we explain why we think viruses are philosophically important. We focus on six issues (the definition of viruses, the individuality and diachronic identity of a virus, the possibility to classify viruses into species, the question of whether viruses are living, the question of whether viruses are organisms, and finally the biological roles of viruses in ecology and evolution), and we show how they relate to classic questions of philosophy of biology and even general philosophy.


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
Creators:
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Pradeu, Thomas
Kostyrka, Gladys
Dupré, John
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Developmental Biology
Specific Sciences > Biology > Ecology/Conservation
Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Theory
Specific Sciences > Biology > Function/Teleology
Specific Sciences > Biology > Molecular Biology/Genetics
Specific Sciences > Biology > Systematics
Depositing User: Thomas Pradeu
Date Deposited: 22 May 2016 16:31
Last Modified: 22 May 2016 16:31
Item ID: 12105
Journal or Publication Title: Studies in history and philosophy of biological and biomedical sciences
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Developmental Biology
Specific Sciences > Biology > Ecology/Conservation
Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Theory
Specific Sciences > Biology > Function/Teleology
Specific Sciences > Biology > Molecular Biology/Genetics
Specific Sciences > Biology > Systematics
Date: 2016
ISSN: 1879-2499
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/12105

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