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Species as models

Otsuka, Jun (2018) Species as models. In: UNSPECIFIED.

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This paper argues that biological species should be construed as abstract models, rather than biological or even tangible entities. Various (phenetic, cladistic, biological etc.) species concepts are defined as set-theoretic models of formal theories, and their logical connections are illustrated. In this view organisms relate to a species not as instantiations, members, or mereological parts, but rather as phenomena to be represented by the model/species. This sheds new light on the long-standing problems of species and suggests their connection to broader philosophical topics such as model selection, scientific representation, and scientific realism.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
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Otsuka, Junjunotk@gmail.com0000-0003-4774-9740
Keywords: Biological species, models, scientific representation
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Theory
Specific Sciences > Biology > Systematics
General Issues > Models and Idealization
General Issues > Structure of Theories
Depositing User: Jun Otsuka
Date Deposited: 17 Oct 2018 19:34
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2018 19:34
Item ID: 15162
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Theory
Specific Sciences > Biology > Systematics
General Issues > Models and Idealization
General Issues > Structure of Theories
Date: 31 March 2018
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/15162

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