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Pluralism is the Answer! What is the Question?

Nathan, Marco J. (2018) Pluralism is the Answer! What is the Question? Philosophy, Theory, and Practice in Biology, 11 (015). ISSN 2475-3025

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This essay provides a critical assessment of species pluralism, a popular strategy to explain the discordance characterizing contemporary systematics. Specifically, my aim is to present and scrutinize species pluralism, and to discuss whether it provides a fruitful concept in biology. The article begins by distinguishing two independent theses often associated with pluralism: ‘heterogeneity’ and ‘theory dependence.’ Next, it examines how these theses have been developed in the scientific and philosophical literature. I conclude by suggesting that the overarching expression ‘species pluralism’ be dropped in favor of more perspicuous labels.


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Nathan, Marco J.marco.nathan@du.edu
Additional Information: ISSN: 1949-0739 (print)
Keywords: Heterogeneity; Individuality Thesis; Species Eliminativism; Species Pluralism; Species Problem; Theory-dependence
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology
Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Theory
Specific Sciences > Biology > Systematics
General Issues > Rhetoric of Science
General Issues > Theory Change
Depositing User: Jordan Miller
Date Deposited: 24 Jul 2020 15:46
Last Modified: 27 Jul 2020 14:21
Item ID: 17660
Journal or Publication Title: Philosophy, Theory, and Practice in Biology
Official URL: https://quod.lib.umich.edu/p/ptpbio/16039257.0011....
DOI or Unique Handle: https://doi.org/10.3998/ptpbio.16039257.0011.015
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology
Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Theory
Specific Sciences > Biology > Systematics
General Issues > Rhetoric of Science
General Issues > Theory Change
Date: 12 September 2018
Volume: 11
Number: 015
ISSN: 2475-3025
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/17660

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