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    Jack Wilson (1999). Biological Individuality: The Identity and Persistence of Living Entities. Cambridge University Press.
    What makes a biological entity an individual? Jack Wilson shows that past philosophers have failed to explicate the conditions an entity must satisfy to be a living individual. He explores the reason for this failure and explains why we should limit ourselves to examples involving real organisms rather than thought experiments. This book explores and resolves paradoxes that arise when one applies past notions of individuality to biological examples beyond the conventional range, and presents a new analysis of identity and (...)
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    Jack A. Wilson (2000). Ontological Butchery: Organism Concepts and Biological Generalizations. Philosophy of Science 67 (3):311.
    Biology lacks a central organism concept that unambiguously marks the distinction between organism and non-organism because the most important questions about organisms do not depend on this concept. I argue that the two main ways to discover useful biological generalizations about multicellular organization--the study of homology within multicellular lineages and of convergent evolution across lineages in which multicellularity has been independently established--do not require what would have to be a stipulative sharpening of an organism concept.
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    Jack Wilson (2002). The Accidental Altruist. Biology and Philosophy 17 (1):71-91.
    Operational definitions of biological altruism in terms of actual fitness exchanges will not work because they include accidental acts as altruistic and exclude altruistic acts that have gone awry. I argue that the definition of biological altruism should contain an analogue of the role intention plays in psychological altruism. I consider two possibilities for this analogue, selected effect functions and the proximate causes and effects of behavior. I argue that the selected-effect function account will not work because it confuses the (...)
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    Jackson Wilson (1995). Hegel's Grand Synthesis. The Owl of Minerva 26 (2):214-218.
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    Jack Wilson (2002). No Patents for Semantic Information. American Journal of Bioethics 2 (3):15 – 16.
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    Jack Wilson (1999). To Be Continued ... A Review of -- Do Lemmings Commit Suicide: Beautiful Hypotheses and Ugly Facts. [REVIEW] Biology and Philosophy 14 (4):615-619.
  7. Manfred D. Laubichier & Jack A. Wilson (2000). Philosophy of Biology, Psychology, and Neuroscience-The Organism in Philosophical Focus-Ontological Butchery: Organism Concepts and Biological Generalizations. Philosophy of Science 67 (3).
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