Mathematical Entities

Authored by: Peter Clark

The Routledge Companion to Metaphysics

Print publication date:  April  2009
Online publication date:  April  2009

Print ISBN: 9780415396318
eBook ISBN: 9780203879306
Adobe ISBN: 9781134155866

10.4324/9780203879306.ch33

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Abstract

Suppose for a moment that instead of a companion to metaphysics this was a companion to biology then this might well have been a chapter on biological entities. As such one would then have begun with a listing of the great forms of life, the prokaryotic organisms, the Protista (the eukaryotic organisms), the Fungi, the animals and the plants and then no doubt there would have been sections devoted to the great phyla of the five kingdoms of life. Perhaps each of the phyla would have been treated differently, reflecting the very great differences of constitution, of form and of function across each of the kingdoms of living things.

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