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Biological Individuals, Communities, and Populations: How the Concept of Persons and Personhood can Inform the DiscourseThe 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.
University of California, Davis