What do Biologists Make of the Species Problem?

Pušić, Bruno and Gregorić, Pavel and Franjević, Damjan (2017) What do Biologists Make of the Species Problem? Acta biotheoretica, 65 (3). pp. 179-209. ISSN 0001-5342 (Print) 1572-8358 (Online)

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The concept of species is one of the core concepts in biology and one of the cornerstones of evolutionary biology, yet it is rife with conceptual problems. Philosophers of biology have been discussing the concept of species for decades,and in doing so they sometimes appeal to the views of biologists. However, their statements as to what biologists think are seldom supported by empirical data. In order to investigate what biologists actually think about the key issues related to the problem of species, we have conducted a survey on the sample of 193 biologists from the population of biologists from over 150 biology departments at universities in the US and the EU. This article presents and discusses the results of the survey. Some results confirm and others falsify the reiterated statements of philosophers of biology as to what biologists think, but all results we obtained should be informative and relevant for future discussions of the problem of species.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Depositing User: Maja Šoštarić
Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2017 11:00
Last Modified: 24 Nov 2017 11:13
URI: http://eprints.ifzg.hr/id/eprint/539

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