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On Mushroom Individuality

Molter, Daniel (2016) On Mushroom Individuality. [Preprint]

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This paper is an application of the principles of individuality found in Guay and Pradeu (2016a) to illuminate biological individuality in mushrooms. I begin with the distinction between logico-cognitive individuals and ontological individuals (Chauvier 2016), and then I argue for genidentity (Lewin 1922, Guay and Pradeu 2016b) 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.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Molter, Danieldan.molter@utah.edu
Keywords: Mushroom, Genidentical, Biological Individual, Theoretical Individuation
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Theory
Specific Sciences > Biology > Function/Teleology
Depositing User: Mr. Daniel Molter
Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2016 13:02
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2016 13:02
Item ID: 12512
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Theory
Specific Sciences > Biology > Function/Teleology
Date: 1 March 2016
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/12512

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