Species

[Revised entry by Marc Ereshefsky on August 29, 2017. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] The nature of species is controversial in biology and philosophy. Biologists disagree on the definition
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[Revised entry by Marc Ereshefsky on August 29, 2017. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] The nature of species is controversial in biology and philosophy. Biologists disagree on the definition of the term 'species,' and philosophers disagree over the ontological status of species. Yet a proper understanding of species is important for a number of reasons. Species are the fundamental taxonomic units of biological classification. Environmental laws are framed in terms of species. Even our conception of human nature is affected by our...

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