[SydPhil] Notification: Jun Otsuka @ Thu 18 Aug 2016 15:00 - 16:30 (Current Projects)

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Title: Jun Otsuka
Title: A model-theoretic approach to the species problem
Jun Otsuka (Kobe University)

In this talk I propose a novel approach to the species problem, which  
identifies a biological species as a model of a scientific theory. Various  
species concepts are then understood as models, defined as set-theoretic  
entities, for different theories, such as that of the first order predicate  
logic, linear algebra, probability theory, or the causal graph theory. The  
approach emphasizes that the species problem is not a metaphysical exercise  
or conceptual analysis, but rather is and should be grounded on our best  
theory of what the biological world is like. On this ground and the recent  
advance in the evolutionary developmental biology (Evo-Devo), I support the  
causal concept of species, arguing that species are best understood as  
models of the causal graph theory.
When: Thu 18 Aug 2016 15:00 – 16:30 Eastern Time - Melbourne, Sydney
Calendar: Current Projects
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