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Bacterial species pluralism in the light of medicine and endosymbiosis

Suárez, Javier (2016) Bacterial species pluralism in the light of medicine and endosymbiosis. THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science, 31 (1). pp. 91-105. ISSN 0495-4548

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Abstract

This paper offers a new argument in defence of bacterial species pluralism. To do this, initially I present particular issues derived from the conflict between the non-theoretical understanding of species as units of classification and the theoretical comprehension of them as units of evolution. Secondly, the necessity of the concept of species for the bacterial world is justified; I show how both medicine and endosymbiosis research make use of concepts of bacterial species linked to their distinctive purposes which do not conjoin with the other available concepts. Finally, I argue that these examples provide a new defence for the philosophical thesis of pluralism.


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
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Suárez, Javierjavier.suarez@ub.edu0000-0001-5851-2277
Keywords: bacterial species Endosymbiosis research Pluralism Species concept Units of classification Units of evolution
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Ecology/Conservation
Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Theory
Specific Sciences > Biology > Systematics
Specific Sciences > Medicine
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Depositing User: Mr Javier Suárez
Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2019 03:01
Last Modified: 22 Mar 2019 03:01
Item ID: 15840
Journal or Publication Title: THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science
Official URL: http://doi.org/10.1387/theoria.13242
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1387/theoria.13242
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Ecology/Conservation
Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Theory
Specific Sciences > Biology > Systematics
Specific Sciences > Medicine
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Date: 2016
Page Range: pp. 91-105
Volume: 31
Number: 1
ISSN: 0495-4548
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/15840

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