David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Ezio Di Nucci
Jonathan Jenkins Ichikawa
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Biology and Philosophy 20 (1):79-96 (2005)
Mary Winsor (2003) argues against the received view that pre-Darwinian taxonomy was characterized mainly by essentialism. She argues, instead, that the methods of pre-Darwinian taxonomists, in spite of whatever their beliefs, were that of clusterists, so that the received view, propagated mainly by certain modern biologists and philosophers of biology, should at last be put to rest as a myth. I argue that shes right when it comes to higher taxa, but wrong when it comes the most important category of all, the species category.
|Keywords||cluster classes essentialism history species taxonomy Winsor|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
Elliott Sober (1980). Evolution, Population Thinking, and Essentialism. Philosophy of Science 47 (3):350-383.
Arthur O. Lovejoy (1936). The Great Chain of Being: A Study of the History of an Idea. Transaction Publishers.
David N. Stamos (2003). The Species Problem: Biological Species, Ontology, and the Metaphysics of Biology. Lexington Books.
Paul Lawrence Farber (1976). The Type-Concept in Zoology During the First Half of the Nineteenth Century. Journal of the History of Biology 9 (1):93 - 119.
Citations of this work BETA
Helen de Cruz & Johan de Smedt (2012). Evolved Cognitive Biases and the Epistemic Status of Scientific Beliefs. Philosophical Studies 157 (3):411-429.
Helen de Cruz & Johan de Smedt (2007). The Role of Intuitive Ontologies in Scientific Understanding – the Case of Human Evolution. Biology and Philosophy 22 (3):351-368.
Charissa S. Varma (2009). Threads That Guide or Ties That Bind: William Kirby and the Essentialism Story. [REVIEW] Journal of the History of Biology 42 (1):119 - 149.
Charissa S. Varma (2009). Threads That Guide or Ties That Bind: William Kirby and the Essentialism Story. Journal of the History of Biology 42 (1):119-149.
Helen De Cruz & Johan De Smedt (2012). Evolved Cognitive Biases and the Epistemic Status of Scientific Beliefs. Philosophical Studies 157 (3):411 - 429.
Similar books and articles
Tim Lewens (2012). Pheneticism Reconsidered. Biology and Philosophy 27 (2):159-177.
Marc Ereshefsky (2010). What's Wrong with the New Biological Essentialism. Philosophy of Science 77 (5):674-685.
Michael Devitt (2008). Resurrecting Biological Essentialism. Philosophy of Science 75 (3):344-382.
Samir Okasha (2002). Darwinian Metaphysics: Species and the Question of Essentialism. Synthese 131 (2):191-213.
David Queller (2011). A Gene's Eye View of Darwinian Populations. Biology and Philosophy 26 (6):905-913.
Charlotte Witt (2011). What Is Gender Essentialism? In Feminist Metaphysics. Springer Verlag 11--25.
Mae-Wan Ho & Peter T. Saunders (1993). Rational Taxonomy and the Natural System. Acta Biotheoretica 41 (4):289-304.
Francisco Aboitiz (1988). Homology: A Comparative or a Historical Concept? Acta Biotheoretica 37 (1):27-29.
Mary P. Winsor (2003). Non-Essentialist Methods in Pre-Darwinian Taxonomy. Biology and Philosophy 18 (3):387-400.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads42 ( #113,101 of 1,940,962 )
Recent downloads (6 months)3 ( #272,533 of 1,940,962 )
How can I increase my downloads?