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Biological Pluralism and Homology

Jamniczky, Heather (2004) Biological Pluralism and Homology. In: [2004] Philosophy of Science Assoc. 19th Biennial Meeting - PSA2004: Contributed Papers (Austin, TX; 2004) > PSA 2004 Contributed Papers. (Unpublished)

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    Abstract

    Homology concepts are fundamental to the study of biological similarity. Monistic attempts to articulate an overarching homology concept, applicable to all areas of biology, have yet to succeed. Biology is fundamentally pluralistic, and multiple homology concepts, applicable at different levels of the biological hierarchy, allow a more thorough investigation of the nature of biological similarity. Articulating the definition and causes associated with any homology concept ensures that the pluralistic approach advocated here is neither relativistic nor defeatist, but generative of fruitful biological research.


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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Keywords: Homology, Pluralism
    Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology
    Conferences and Volumes: [2004] Philosophy of Science Assoc. 19th Biennial Meeting - PSA2004: Contributed Papers (Austin, TX; 2004) > PSA 2004 Contributed Papers
    Depositing User: Heather Jamniczky
    Date Deposited: 13 Aug 2004
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:12
    Item ID: 1876
    Public Domain: No
    Conference Date: November 18-20 2004
    Conference Location: Austin TX
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/1876

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