Biological Identity: Perspectives from Metaphysics and the Philosophy of Biology (History and Philosophy of Biology) (Paperback)

Biological Identity: Perspectives from Metaphysics and the Philosophy of Biology (History and Philosophy of Biology) By Anne Sophie Meincke (Editor), John Dupré (Editor) Cover Image
By Anne Sophie Meincke (Editor), John Dupré (Editor)
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Analytic metaphysics has recently discovered biology as a means of grounding metaphysical theories. This has resulted in long-standing metaphysical puzzles, such as the problems of personal identity and material constitution, being increasingly addressed by appeal to a biological understanding of identity. This development within metaphysics is in significant tension with the growing tendency amongst philosophers of biology to regard biological identity as a deep puzzle in its own right, especially following recent advances in our understanding of symbiosis, the evolution of multi-cellular organisms and the inherently dynamical character of living systems. Moreover, and building on these biological insights, the broadly substance ontological framework of metaphysical theories of biological identity appears problematic to a growing number of philosophers of biology who invoke process ontology instead.

This volume addresses this tension, exploring to what extent it can be dissolved. For this purpose, the volume presents the first selection of essays exclusively focused on biological identity and written by experts in metaphysics, the philosophy of biology and biology. The resulting cross-disciplinary dialogue paves the way for a convincing account of biological identity that is both metaphysically constructive and scientifically informed, and will be of interest to metaphysicians, philosophers of biology and theoretical biologists.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780367495039
ISBN-10: 0367495031
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: April 29th, 2022
Pages: 304
Language: English
Series: History and Philosophy of Biology
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