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The Role a Concept Plays in Science - The Case of Homology

Brigandt, Ingo (2003) The Role a Concept Plays in Science - The Case of Homology. [Preprint]

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    The present paper gives a description and philosophical analysis of the conceptual variation in the homology concept. It is argued that different homology are concepts used in evolutionary and comparative biology, in developmental biology, and in molecular biology. The argument is based on a conceptual role semantics�the identity of concepts supervenes on conceptual roles. The differences between homology concepts are due to the fact that these concepts play different theoretical roles for different biological fields or research approaches. The specific theoretical needs and explanatory interests of different parts of biology lead to different homology concepts.


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    Item Type: Preprint
    Keywords: concepts, conceptual change, homology
    Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology
    Conferences and Volumes: [2001] Pitt-London Workshop in the Philosophy of Biology and Neuroscience (London, September 2001)
    Depositing User: Ingo Brigandt
    Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2003
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:11
    Item ID: 1047
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/1047

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