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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 article 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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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 article 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
Published date: December 2020
Additional Information: Funding Information: †I am grateful to Ellen Clarke, all members of the BUMP project group—Teresa Baron, Suki Finn, Alex Geddes, Anne Sophie Meincke, Ziggy Schilpzand, and especially Jonathan Grose—and organizers, participants, and audiences at the following occasions for helpful discussion and advice on the ideas expressed in this article: Symbiosis Workshop, Exeter, November 2015; Philosophy of Biology in the UK Conference, Bristol, June 2016; Visiting Speaker Talk, Department of Philosophy, Leeds, February 2018; Metaphysics of Pregnancy Symposium at the BSPS conference, Oxford, June 2018; Metaphysics of Mammalian Reproduction Symposium, PSA conference, Seattle, November 2019. This article is part of a project, Better Understanding the Metaphysics of Pregnancy, that has received funding from the European Research Council under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program, under grant 679586. Publisher Copyright: © 2020 by the Philosophy of Science Association. All rights reserved.

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Local EPrints ID: 437474
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/437474
ISSN: 0031-8248
PURE UUID: 44368723-020c-42f6-a742-217fc052f873

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Date deposited: 31 Jan 2020 17:31
Last modified: 21 Jul 2022 04:01

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