Biological Laws and Kinds Within a Conservative Reductionist Framework

  • Christian SachseEmail author
Part of the The Philosophy of Science in a European Perspective book series (PSEP, volume 3)


This paper argues for the existence of biological kinds and laws. After a general discussion of biological laws (Sect. 17.1), I shall outline a conservative reductionist approach towards biological property types (Sect. 17.2). Within this theoretical framework, it seems plausible to argue for biological laws (to a degree) and genuine biological natural kinds (Sect. 17.3).


Natural Selection Natural Kind Abstract Concept Multiple Realization Biological Concept 
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© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of LausanneLausanneSwitzerland

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