From Groups to Individuals: Evolution and Emerging by Frédéric Bouchard,Philippe Huneman

By Frédéric Bouchard,Philippe Huneman

Our intuitive assumption that in basic terms organisms are the genuine members within the flora and fauna is at odds with advancements in cellphone biology, ecology, genetics, evolutionary biology, and different fields. even supposing organisms have served for hundreds of years as nature's paradigmatic members, technological know-how means that organisms are just one of many many ways during which the flora and fauna should be prepared. while residing beings interact -- as in ant colonies, beehives, and bacteria-metazoan symbiosis -- new collective participants can emerge. during this ebook, best students reflect on the organic and philosophical implications of the emergence of those new collective contributors from institutions of residing beings. the subjects they think about diversity from metaphysical matters to organic study on usual choice, sociobiology, and symbiosis. The individuals examine individuality and its courting to evolution and the categorical notion of organism; the stress among staff evolution and person model; and the constitution of collective participants and the level to which they are often outlined by way of a similar notion of individuality. those new views on advanced individuality may still set off vital revisions to either philosophical and organic conceptions of the person. Contributors:Frédéric Bouchard, Ellen Clarke, Jennifer Fewell, Andrew Gardner, Peter Godfrey-Smith, Charles J. Goodnight, Matt Haber, Andrew Hamilton, Philippe Huneman, Samir Okasha, Thomas Pradeu, Scott Turner, Minus van Baalen

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