Philosophy of Science 84 (5):1117-1127 (2017)

Daniel Molter
University of Utah
This paper is an application of the principles of individuality found in Guay and Pradeu to illuminate biological individuality in mushrooms. I begin with the distinction between logico-cognitive individuals and ontological individuals, and then I argue for genidentity plus material continuity, as a minimum conception of ontological individuality in biology. Of the many materially-continuous genidenticals found in fungi, only those with functional roles in biological theory, either evolutionary or physiological, warrant consideration. Given numerous ways that theory picks out materially-continuous genidenticals in fungi, I argue for a pluralistic account of mushroom individuality.
Keywords biological individuality  mushroom  genidentical  fungi  theoretical individuation
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DOI 10.1086/694011
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