Barker, Matthew J. and Velasco, Joel D. (2012) Deep Conventionalism about Evolutionary Groups. In:  Philosophy of Science Assoc. 23rd Biennial Mtg (San Diego, CA) > PSA 2012 Contributed Papers.
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We argue for a new conventionalism about many kinds of evolutionary groups, including clades, cohesive units, and populations. This rejects a consensus, which says that given any one of the many legitimate grouping concepts, only objective biological facts determine whether a collection is such a group. Surprisingly, being any one kind of evolutionary group typically depends on which of many incompatible values are taken by suppressed variables. This is a novel pluralism underlying most any one group concept, rather than a familiar pluralism claiming many concepts are legitimate. Consequently, we must help biological facts determine grouphood, even when given a single grouping concept.
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|Item Type:||Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)|
|Keywords:||evolutionary group; species; population; clade; species cohesion; conventionalism; pluralism; objectivity; realism; natural kinds; science and values|
|Subjects:||Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Theory|
Specific Sciences > Biology > Systematics
General Issues > Conventionalism
|Conferences and Volumes:|| Philosophy of Science Assoc. 23rd Biennial Mtg (San Diego, CA) > PSA 2012 Contributed Papers|
|Depositing User:||Matthew Barker|
|Date Deposited:||10 Nov 2012 09:50|
|Last Modified:||11 Nov 2012 11:09|
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