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The Good Species

Wilkins, John (2022) The Good Species. [Preprint]

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Much of the species problem lies in trying to find necessary and sufficient theoretical criteria for both their explanation and delimitation. I argue in this chapter that species are instead “operative concepts”, built up by the collective experience and context of subdisciplines of systematics as the field develops, relying on assays and criteria that make a putative taxon a “good species”. I reiterate my view that species are phenomena that stand in need of explanation, and that the category itself is so polysemic, because of the haphazard way the concept develops in the various specialties’ history, that it is merely an epistemic notion.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Wilkins, JohnS0000-0001-7596-2966
Additional Information: Forthcoming in _Species Problems and Beyond_, CRC Press
Keywords: species concept, phenomena, prototype
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Theory
Specific Sciences > Biology > Systematics
Depositing User: John S Wilkins
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2022 04:42
Last Modified: 11 Jan 2022 04:42
Item ID: 20093
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Theory
Specific Sciences > Biology > Systematics
Date: 2022
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/20093

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