Axiomatics and individuality: A reply to Williams' "species are individuals"

Philosophy of Science 55 (3):427-434 (1988)


In her "Species Are Individuals" (1985), Mary Williams offers informal arguments and a sketched proof which allegedly show that species are individuals with respect to evolutionary theory. In this paper, I suggest that her informal arguments are insufficient for showing that clans are not sets and that species are individuals. I also argue that her sketched proof depends on three questionable assumptions

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Marc Ereshefsky
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