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Biological Individuality: Integrating Scientific, Philosophical, and Historical Perspectives

Scott Lidgard and Lynn K. Nyhart


This book provides an interdisciplinary exploration of biological individuality, by identifying leading and less familiar perceptions of individuality, what they are good for, and in what contexts. Individuals are things that everybody knows—or thinks they do. Yet even scholars who practice or analyze the biological sciences don't agree on what an individual is and why. One reason is that biological individuality concepts serve different purposes—defining, classifying, or explaining living structure, function, interaction, persistence, or evolution. Practice and theory point to individuals at ... More

Keywords: individuality, identity, autonomy, organism, individuation, part-whole relations, levels of individuality, biological hierarchy, major transitions, pluralism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780226446318
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226446592.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Scott Lidgard, editor
Field Museum

Lynn K. Nyhart, editor
University of Wisconsin-Madison

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