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Biological Individuality: The Identity and Persistence of Living Entities (Cambridge Studies in Philosophy and Biology) Hardcover – August 28, 1999

ISBN-13: 978-0521624251 ISBN-10: 0521624258

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  • Series: Cambridge Studies in Philosophy and Biology
  • Hardcover: 150 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (August 28, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521624258
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521624251
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,927,198 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What makes a biological entity an individual? Jack Wilson shows that past philosophers have failed to explicate the conditions an entity must satisfy to be a living individual. He explores the reason for this failure and explains why we should limit ourselves to examples involving real organisms rather than thought experiments. This book explores and resolves paradoxes that arise when one applies past notions of individuality to biological examples beyond the conventional range, and presents a new analysis of identity and persistence. By bringing together the fields of theoretical biology and metaphysics, Wilson explains a new theory about biological individuality which solves problems which cannot be addressed by either field alone.

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1 of 22 people found the following review helpful By powerhouse on October 2, 2001
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Maybe that title should be "were" rather than are....oh well. Anyways, I haven't read the book, but Jack Wilson is my philosophy professor at Washington & Lee University and he really seems to know what he's talking about.
By the way, there are (were) 11 time zones in the Soviet Union.
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