Chapter Six. Species are not Uniquely Real Biological Entities

  1. Francisco J. Ayala Professor member2 and
  2. Robert Arp ontologist3
  1. Brent D. Mishler Ph.D. Director Professor

Published Online: 11 NOV 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444314922.ch6

Contemporary Debates in Philosophy of Biology

Contemporary Debates in Philosophy of Biology

How to Cite

Mishler, B. D. (2009) Species are not Uniquely Real Biological Entities, in Contemporary Debates in Philosophy of Biology (eds F. J. Ayala and R. Arp), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444314922.ch6

Editor Information

  1. 2

    University of California, Irvine, USA

  2. 3

    The Analysis Group, Falls Church, VA, USA

Author Information

  1. Duke University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 11 NOV 2009
  2. Published Print: 13 NOV 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405159982

Online ISBN: 9781444314922

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Keywords:

  • species - not uniquely real biological entities;
  • uniquely real biological entities;
  • organismal specialty;
  • species concept - grouping vs. ranking;
  • return to Darwinian view of species;
  • truly rank-free classification;
  • rank-free phylogenetic classifications;
  • DNA barcoding;
  • conservation biology implications

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Historical and Current Views of Species

  • Return to a Darwinian View of Species

  • Practical Implications

  • Postscript: Counterpoint

  • References