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Deep Conventionalism about Evolutionary Groups

Barker, Matthew J. and Velasco, Joel D. (2012) Deep Conventionalism about Evolutionary Groups. In: UNSPECIFIED.


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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)
Barker, Matthew
Velasco, Joel
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
Depositing User: Matthew Barker
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2012 14:50
Last Modified: 11 Nov 2012 16:09
Item ID: 9436

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