Species: The Evolution of the Idea, Second Edition (Species and Systematics) (Paperback)

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Species: The Evolution of the Idea, Second Edition (Species and Systematics) (Paperback)


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Over time the complex idea of "species" has evolved, yet its meaning is far from resolved. This comprehensive work is a fresh look at an idea central to the field of biology by tracing its history from antiquity to today. Species is a benchmark exploration and clarification of a concept fundamental to the past, present, and future of the natural sciences. In this edition, a section is added on the debate over species since the time of the New Synthesis, and brings the book up to date. A section on recent philosophical debates over species has also been added. This edition is better suited non-specialists in philosophy, so that it will be of greater use for scientists wishing to understand how the notion came to be that living organisms form species.

Key Selling Features:

Covers the philosophical and historical development of the concept of "species"

Documents that variation was recognized by pre-Darwinian scholars

Includes a section on the debates since the time of the New Synthesis

Better suited to non-philosophers
John Wilkins PhD is Honorary Fellow at the University of Melbourne, Australia, and Research Fellow at the Ronin Institute, Monclair, NJ. He has taught at the University of Queensland, the University of Sydney, the University of New South Wales, and the University of Melbourne. He is the author of Species: A History of the Idea (2009), and Defining Species (2009), co-author of The Nature of Classification (2013), and edited Intelligent Design and Religion as a Natural Phenomenon (2010). He has published on species, the evolution of religion, cognition, and the history and philosophy of science. He lives in Melbourne Australia.
Product Details ISBN: 9780367657369
ISBN-10: 0367657368
Publisher: CRC Press
Publication Date: March 30th, 2021
Pages: 389
Language: English
Series: Species and Systematics