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Biological individuality, pregnancy and (mammalian) reproduction

Biological individuality, pregnancy and (mammalian) reproduction
Biological individuality, pregnancy and (mammalian) reproduction
Mammals are usually considered unproblematic as biological individuals. This paper contends the opposite. Once we consider pregnancy, criteria for biological individuality are not easily applicable in mammals and give conflicting results: mammalian pregnancy poses a problem for biological individuality. This may open fruitful new approaches to biological individuality, and is of relevance to metaphysicians interested in (human) organisms.
0031-8248
1037-1048
Kingma, Elselijn
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Kingma, Elselijn
24f1e065-3004-452c-868d-9aee3087bf63

Kingma, Elselijn (2020) Biological individuality, pregnancy and (mammalian) reproduction. Philosophy of Science, 87 (5), 1037-1048. (doi:10.1086/710612).

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Mammals are usually considered unproblematic as biological individuals. This paper contends the opposite. Once we consider pregnancy, criteria for biological individuality are not easily applicable in mammals and give conflicting results: mammalian pregnancy poses a problem for biological individuality. This may open fruitful new approaches to biological individuality, and is of relevance to metaphysicians interested in (human) organisms.

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Accepted/In Press date: 16 September 2019
e-pub ahead of print date: 10 July 2020

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Local EPrints ID: 437474
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/437474
ISSN: 0031-8248
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Date deposited: 31 Jan 2020 17:31
Last modified: 26 Nov 2021 05:15

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