By Scott Lidgard,Lynn K. Nyhart

Individuals are issues that everyone knows—or thinks they do. but even students who perform or examine the organic sciences usually can't agree on what someone is and why. One explanation for this confrontation is that the various very important organic individuality suggestions serve very various purposes—defining, classifying, or explaining residing constitution, functionality, interplay, patience, or evolution. certainly, because the members to Biological Individuality display, nature is just too messy for easy definitions of this idea, organisms too quirky within the diversified methods they reproduce, functionality, and have interaction, and human principles approximately individuality too fraught with philosophical and historic meaning.

Bringing jointly biologists, historians, and philosophers, this ebook presents a multifaceted exploration of organic individuality that identifies best and not more customary perceptions of individuality either prior and current, what they're strong for, and in what contexts. organic perform and concept realize contributors at myriad degrees of association, from genes to organisms to symbiotic structures. we rely on those notions of individuality to handle theoretical questions about multilevel traditional choice and Darwinian health; to light up empirical questions about improvement, functionality, and ecology; to flooring philosophical questions about the character of organisms and causation; and to probe old and cultural situations that resonate with parallel questions on the character of society. Charting an interdisciplinary learn time table that broadens the frameworks during which organic individuality is mentioned, this ebook makes transparent that during the world of the person, there's not and shouldn't be a right away direction from organic paradigms in keeping with version organisms via to philosophical generalization and old reification.

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