Biology and Philosophy

, Volume 17, Issue 3, pp 369–388 | Cite as

Characters as units and the case of the presence and absence hypothesis

  • Sara Schwartz
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Abstract

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.

Individuation Ontological economy Preformation Presence and absence hypothesis Unit-character William bateson 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sara Schwartz
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  1. 1.Giva't Ram branchThe Open University of IsraelJerusalemIsrael

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