PSA2016: The 25th Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association

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Rank Free Temporal Hierarchies: Life Cycles of the Rich and Complicated

Paying attention to complex life cycles puts pressure on familiar reproductive cases. This provides the opportunity to enrich our notion of biological individuality, by considering how temporal parts are `held together'. One approach to this is noting that temporal parts are held together by their role in developmental and genealogical processes. I draw two conclusions from this and consideration of an empirical case (the complex life cycle of loriciferans). First, we ought not exclusively focus on the recurrence of form as marking the turn of a reproductive cycle. Second, we ought to adopt a rank-free temporal account of individuals.

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Matthew Haber    
University of Utah


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