Biometaphysics

Authored by: Barry Smith

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.ch50

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Abstract

While biology has spawned many of the problems that have shaped the discipline of metaphysics since its inception, current advances in the biological sciences are disclosing hitherto unimagined dimensions of complexity in the processes of life, to a degree which poses challenges to standard metaphysical ways of thinking. In what follows, I shall show how metaphysical ideas nonetheless continue to play a role in biological science, focusing my attentions in particular on problems of biological classification.

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