[MaFLa] Reminder: invitation to a talk on `Aristotle on Biological Kinds` by Nicola Carraro - Tuesday, 10 October, 3.30 PM, Nádor 15, Room 103

Krisztina Biber Biberk at ceu.edu
Mon Oct 9 09:34:50 CEST 2017


The CEU Department of Philosophy cordially invites you to a talk
(as part of its Departmental Colloquium series)
by
Nicola Carraro (University of Campina, CEU Institute for Advanced Study)
on
Aristotle on Biological Kinds

Tuesday, 10 October, 2017, 3.30 PM, Nádor 15, Room 103


ABSTRACT

Aristotle famously claimed that natural kinds form a single hierarchy of non-overlapping genera and species. This idea has influenced not only later Aristotelians, but also early modern biological taxonomists. However, many interpreters claim that the idea of a unique biological classifications plays no significant role in Aristotle's own biological works. This would suggest either that Aristotle disregarded his metaphysical views when doing science, or that the underlying metaphysics of his biology is significantly different than traditionally assumed. I will argue that Aristotle has an explicit theory on the role of kinds in biology, that he thinks that the biological works are committed to unique classification into kinds (as traditionally assumed), but that biological explanation presupposes this classification only to a limited and precise extent.


Krisztina Biber
Department of Philosophy
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