The Causal Homogeneity of Biological Kinds

History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences 27 (3/4):421 - 433 (2005)
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The aim of this paper is to show that biological kinds can be causally homogeneous, although all biological causes are identical with configurations of physical causes. The paper considers two different strategies to establish that result: the first one relies on two different manners of classification (according to function and according to composition); the other one exploits the idea of biological classifications being rather coarse-grained, whereas physical classifications are fine-grained

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