Matt Barker
Concordia University
This is an extended review of John Dupré's _Processes of Life_, a collection of essays. It clarifies Dupré's concepts of reductionism and anti-reductionism, and critically examines his associated discussions of downward causation, and both the context sensitivity and multiple realization of categories. It reviews his naturalistic monism, and critically distinguishes between his realism about categories and constructivism about classification. Challenges to his process ontology are presented, as are arguments for his pluralism about scientific categories. None of his main conclusions are rejected; rather it is main arguments for them that are the focus.
Keywords John Dupré  Biological explanation  Biological categories  pluralism  monism  process ontology  realism  constructivism  reductionism  species  organisms
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DOI 10.1016/j.shpsc.2013.09.002
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