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Keywords:

  • species concepts;
  • taxonomy;
  • Primates;
  • Phylogenetic Species Concept

A review of the vast literature on the epistemology and ontology of “species” is far beyond the capacity of both the writer and the length-allotment of this essay, limiting it to a somewhat dogmatic presentation of personal opinions, few of them original. Also prohibited by the prescribed word limit is an account of species concepts considered but not adopted; in many cases, their omission does not do justice to their intellectual content.