more from Michael Devitt

Single Idea 17373

[catalogued under 27. Natural Reality / F. Biology / 5. Species]

Full Idea

Species pluralism is the view that there are several equally good accounts of what it is to be a species.

Gist of Idea

Species pluralism says there are several good accounts of what a species is


Michael Devitt (Natural Kinds and Biological Realism [2009], 7)

Book Reference

Devitt,Michael: 'Putting Metaphysics First' [OUP 2010], p.211

A Reaction

Devitt votes for it, and cites Dupré, among many other. Given the existence of rival accounts, all making good points, it is hard to resist this view.

Related Idea

Idea 17367 Species are phenetic, biological, niche, or phylogenetic-cladistic [Devitt, by PG]