Biophilosophy pp 101-124 | Cite as

Comparative Plant Morphology: A Biophilosophical Case Study

  • Rolf Sattler


The purpose of this chapter on plant morphology, a discipline in which I have been carrying out practical and theoretical research for over 20 years, is at least twofold: (1) to illustrate the major concepts and ideas of the preceding chapters in terms of one particular biological discipline, and (2) to explicate the philosophical foundations of one biological discipline with which I am familiar. I hope that through this interaction between a specific biological discipline and biophilosophy both will profit. Plant morphology may become more transparent through a clarification of its philosophical foundation which may raise into conscious and explicit form assumptions of which we may not be fully aware. Biophilosophy will be tested with regard to its practical relevancy.


Classical Model Continuum Model Seed Plant Comparative Morphology Plant Morphology 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • Rolf Sattler
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  1. 1.Biology DepartmentMcGill UniversityMontrealCanada

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