Comparative Plant Morphology: A Biophilosophical Case Study
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.
KeywordsClassical Model Continuum Model Seed Plant Comparative Morphology Plant Morphology
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