Biology and Philosophy

, Volume 19, Issue 3, pp 443–457 | Cite as

On Biological Identity

  • Giovanni Boniolo
  • Massimiliano Carrara


In our paper, we propose a relativisticand metaphysically neutral identity criterionfor biological entities. We start from thecriterion of genidentity proposed by K. Lewinand H. Reichenbach. Then we enrich it to renderit more philosophical powerful and so capableof dealing with the real transformations thatoccur in the extremely variegated biologicalworld.

Body transformations Identity Ontology 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Giovanni Boniolo
    • 1
  • Massimiliano Carrara
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of PadovaPadovaItaly

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