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Bacterial species pluralism in the light of medicine and endosymbiosis

Suárez, Javier (2016) Bacterial species pluralism in the light of medicine and endosymbiosis. THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science, 31 (1). pp. 91-105. ISSN 2171-679X

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Abstract

This paper aims to offer a new argument in defence bacterial species pluralism. To do so, I shall first present the particular issues derived from the conflict between the non-theoretical understanding of species as units of classification and the theoretical comprehension of them as units of evolution. Secondly, I shall justify the necessity of the concept of species for the bacterial world, and show how medicine and endosymbiotic evolutionary theory make use of different concepts of bacterial species due to their distinctive purposes. Finally, I shall show how my argument provides a new source of defence for bacterial pluralism.


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Suárez, Javierjs788@exeter.ac.uk
Additional Information: ISSN: 0495-4548 (print)
Keywords: bacterial species; endosymbiotic theory; pluralism; species concept; unit of classification; unit of evolution
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Theory
Specific Sciences > Biology > Molecular Biology/Genetics
Specific Sciences > Medicine
Depositing User: Unnamed user with email theoria@ehu.es
Date Deposited: 08 Jun 2016 19:45
Last Modified: 08 Jun 2016 19:45
Item ID: 12174
Journal or Publication Title: THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science
Publisher: Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea / Universidad del País Vasco
Official URL: http://www.ehu.eus/ojs/index.php/THEORIA/article/v...
DOI or Unique Handle: https://doi.org/10.1387/theoria.13242
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Theory
Specific Sciences > Biology > Molecular Biology/Genetics
Specific Sciences > Medicine
Date: January 2016
Page Range: pp. 91-105
Volume: 31
Number: 1
ISSN: 2171-679X
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/12174

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