A New Argument For Intrinsic Biological Essentialism

Philosophical Quarterly 62 (248):486-504 (2012)
Intrinsic biological essentialism (INBE) is the view that biological taxa have fixed identity conditions, conditions which consist at least in part of intrinsic properties. After a long period of near universal rejection within both philosophy of biology and theoretical biology, INBE is making a comeback. Here I attempt to support this revival by clarifying the nature of INBE, developing a new argument on its behalf, and addressing an important anti-essentialist critique
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DOI 10.1111/j.1467-9213.2012.00048.x
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