An ontogenetic-ecological conception of species: A new approach to an old idea

EPSA09: 2nd Conference of the European Philosophy of Science Association. Online at PhilSci Archive (2010)
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This paper outlines an alternative perspective on species that avoids some of the underlying assumptions held by the BSC and other gene-centred species concepts. It begins with a characterisation of the species problem and some of the assumptions underpinning conceptions of species. In particular, the underlying bias of some conceptions (such as the BSC) to focus exclusively on the adult stage of the life cycle in articulating what a species is.
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