Characters as units and the case of the presence and absence hypothesis
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- Schwartz, S. Biology & Philosophy (2002) 17: 369. doi:10.1023/A:1020131508987
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This paper discusses the individuation of characters for the use asunits by geneticists at the beginning of the 20th century. Thediscussion involves the Presence and Absence Hypothesis as a case study. It issuggested that the gap between conceptual consideration and etiological factorsof individuating of characters is being handled by way of mutual adjustment.Confrontation of a suggested morphological unit character with experimentresults molded the final boundaries of it.