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

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Biological Individuals, Communities, and Populations: How the Concept of Persons and Personhood can Inform the Discourse

The problem of biological individuality is one which calls into question two other concepts critical to research in the field of biology: communities and populations. One approach to the problem of measuring biological individuality is to use the metaphysical conceptions of persons and the issue of personal identity to highlight the challenges that are invoked. In doing this, I hope to open the dialogue to differing possibilities for addressing biological individuals. This in turn, will require a broadening for how we might conceive of individuals as parts or units of communities and populations.

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Denise Hossom    
University of California, Davis


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