Humans and Other Animals

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Oxford University Press, USA, Dec 7, 2006 - Science - 288 pages
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John Dupre explores the ways in which we categorize animals, including humans, and comes to refreshingly radical conclusions. It is a mistake to think that each organism has an essence that determines its necessary place in a unique hierarchy. We should reject the misguided concepts of a universal human nature and normality in human behavior. He shows that we must take a pluralistic view of biology and the human sciences.

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Contents

Natural Kinds and Biological Taxa
19
Are Whales Fish?
42
On the Impossibility of a Monistic Account
59
Copyright

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John Dupre is Professor of Philosophy of Science at the University of Exeter. He was formerly at Stanford University and the University of London.

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