Defining Life as a Non-Essentialist Natural Kind
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Soler Parra, Jaime
This document is a artículo publicadoDate2019
The increasing number of proposals to define the concept of life in biology has led some authors to consider this task useless and without sense. All sceptics base their argument on the idea that life is a natural kind with a strong metaphysical commitment. Considering this, the aim of this paper is to explore the concept of life as a non-essentialist natural kind. It is intended to highlight that complex scientific concepts are better understood from points of view that are not constrained by the rigid frameworks of essentialism and the realism/conventionalism dichotomy.  Keywords: natural kind, definition of life, essentialism, operational definitions. 

    Soler Parra, Jaime. Defining Life as a Non-Essentialist Natural Kind. En: Quaderns de filosofia, 6 2 2019: 27-41

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