PhilSci Archive

The causal homogeneity of biological kinds

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


Download (167kB)


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.

Export/Citation: EndNote | BibTeX | Dublin Core | ASCII/Text Citation (Chicago) | HTML Citation | OpenURL
Social Networking:
Share |

Item Type: Preprint
Esfeld, Michael
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 15:13
Item ID: 2522

Monthly Views for the past 3 years

Monthly Downloads for the past 3 years

Plum Analytics

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item