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The causal homogeneity of biological kinds

Esfeld, Michael (2005) The causal homogeneity of biological kinds. [Preprint]

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    Abstract

    The aim of this paper is to show that biological kinds can be causally homogeneous, although all biological causes are identical with configurations of physical causes. The paper considers two different strategies to establish that result: the first one relies on two different manners of classification (according to function and according to composition); the other one exploits the idea of biological classifications being rather coarse-grained, whereas physical classifications are fine-grained.


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    Item Type: Preprint
    Keywords: biological kinds, causal homogeneity, functional properties, Kim
    Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Systematics
    Specific Sciences > Biology > Molecular Biology/Genetics
    General Issues > Causation
    Specific Sciences > Biology > Function/Teleology
    Depositing User: Michael Esfeld
    Date Deposited: 12 Nov 2005
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:13
    Item ID: 2522
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/2522

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