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Deep Conventionalism about Evolutionary Groups

Barker, Matthew J. and Velasco, Joel D. (2012) Deep Conventionalism about Evolutionary Groups. In: [2012] Philosophy of Science Assoc. 23rd Biennial Mtg (San Diego, CA) > PSA 2012 Contributed Papers.

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    Abstract

    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: [2012] 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
    Item ID: 9436
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/9436

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