[SydPhil] Notification: Paul Griffiths (Sydney) @ Wed 27 Mar 2019 15:30 - 17:00 (AEDT) (Seminars)

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Title: Paul Griffiths (Sydney)
Title:There is no case for Neo-Aristotelianism

Abstract: Neo-Aristotelian theories of the organism have had a significant  
revival in recent years, with applications in ethics and in the philosophy  
of medicine. They have been widely criticised on methodological grounds,  
and for being unable to deliver plausible normative results. Here I present  
some more basic objections. Neo-Aristotelianism contradict the longstanding  
consensus in both biology and philosophy of biology that species do not  
have essences or ‘forms’. Species are simply collections of populations of  
varying individuals. When confronted with this consensus, Neo-Aristotelians  
point to a body of work by Michael Thompson and others which purports to  
show that biology implicitly depends on a conception of Aristotelian form  
and would be impossible without it. In this paper I first show that there  
is no substance to these arguments. I do this by simply describing some  
species and what we know about them. The aspects of descriptive biology  
that neo-Aristotelians allege make no sense unless we invoke the idea of  
species-form make perfect sense without
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When: Wed 27 Mar 2019 15:30 – 17:00 Eastern Australia Time - Sydney
Where: Muniment Room, University of Sydney
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