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Publisher : State University of New York Press isbn10 | asin : 079141616X print isbn13 : 9780791416167 ebook isbn13 : 9780585093246 language : English subject Life sciences--Philosophy, Logic, Science--Philosophy. 01 subject : Life sciences--Philosophy, Logic, Science--Philosophy. Page i A Practical Philosophy for the Life Sciences Page ii SUNY Series in Philosophy and Biology David Edward Shaner, editor, Furman University Page iii A Practical Philosophy for the Life Sciences Wim J. Van Der Steen State University of New York Press Page iv Published by State University of New York Press, Albany © 1993 State University of New York Printed in the United State of America No part of this book may be used or reproduced in any manner whatsoever without written permission except in the case of brief quotations embodied in critical articles and reviews.

The presence of a vertebral column is commonly regarded as a feature which belongs to the intension of 'vertebrate'. The next example illustrates the distinction of defining and accompanying features. Example 5. ) show rhythms with a period of 24 hours, which are associated with rhythms in environmental factors such as light and temperature. Under artificial conditions without periodicities in the environment, the period of these rhythmsbarring coincidencedeviates from 24 hours. Rhythms with this feature are called circadian rhythms.

The second draft was sent to colleagues in the US and Canada. Comments were kindly provided by Dick Burian, David Hull, Susan Oyama, Ken Schaffner, Sergio Sismondo, Elliot Sober, Paul Thompson and Pat Williams. Amidst a positive overall response, I received gems of constructive criticism. Specifically I owe much to extensive comments from Dick, David, Ken and Sergio. My new colleague Ad van Dommelen also gave helpful comments in this phase. Third phase. I think the job is done. US criticism is accounted for in the text.

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