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    Biological Individuality: The Identity and Persistence of Living Entities.Jack Wilson - 1999 - Cambridge University Press.
    What makes a biological entity an individual? Jack Wilson shows that past philosophers have failed to explicate the conditions an entity must satisfy to be a living individual. He explores the reason for this failure and explains why we should limit ourselves to examples involving real organisms rather than thought experiments. This book explores and resolves paradoxes that arise when one applies past notions of individuality to biological examples beyond the conventional range and presents an analysis of identity and persistence. (...)
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  2. Biological Individuality: The Identity and Persistence of Living Entities.Jack Wilson - 2001 - Philosophical Quarterly 51 (203):264-266.
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    Ontological Butchery: Organism Concepts and Biological Generalizations.Jack A. Wilson - 2000 - Philosophy of Science 67 (3):311.
    Biology lacks a central organism concept that unambiguously marks the distinction between organism and non-organism because the most important questions about organisms do not depend on this concept. I argue that the two main ways to discover useful biological generalizations about multicellular organization--the study of homology within multicellular lineages and of convergent evolution across lineages in which multicellularity has been independently established--do not require what would have to be a stipulative sharpening of an organism concept.
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    The Accidental Altruist.Jack Wilson - 2002 - Biology and Philosophy 17 (1):71-91.
    Operational definitions of biological altruism in terms of actual fitness exchanges will not work because they include accidental acts as altruistic and exclude altruistic acts that have gone awry. I argue that the definition of biological altruism should contain an analogue of the role intention plays in psychological altruism. I consider two possibilities for this analogue, selected effect functions and the proximate causes and effects of behavior. I argue that the selected-effect function account will not work because it confuses the (...)
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    Philosophy of Biology, Psychology, and Neuroscience-The Organism in Philosophical Focus-Ontological Butchery: Organism Concepts and Biological Generalizations.Manfred D. Laubichier & Jack A. Wilson - 2000 - Philosophy of Science 67 (3):S301-S311.
    Biology lacks a central organism concept that unambiguously marks the distinction between organism and non-organism because the most important questions about organisms do not depend on this concept. I argue that the two main ways to discover useful biological generalizations about multicellular organization—the study of homology within multicellular lineages and of convergent evolution across lineages in which multicellularity has been independently established—do not require what would have to be a stipulative sharpening of an organism concept.
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    Hegel’s Grand Synthesis: A Study of Being, Thought, and History.Jackson Wilson - 1995 - The Owl of Minerva 26 (2):214-218.
    In this book Berthold-Bond sets himself two main tasks. First, he attempts to describe a central ambiguity, or “unresolved conflict,” between Hegel’s descriptions of “inherently teleological processes of becoming” and his equally compelling “commitment to a closure of becoming”. His second task is to propose a “synthesis” of these two general aspects of the Hegelian system. These two topics must be kept separate in order to highlight the difficulties involved in maintaining the conflict and the synthesis.
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    No Patents for Semantic Information.Jack Wilson - 2002 - American Journal of Bioethics 2 (3):15 – 16.
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    To Be Continued ... A Review of -- Do Lemmings Commit Suicide: Beautiful Hypotheses and Ugly Facts. [REVIEW]Jack Wilson - 1999 - Biology and Philosophy 14 (4):615-619.