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Re: Essentialism and such (was a bunch of previous subject lines)
On 29/10/2006, at 1:12 AM, Carl wrote:
...Typology? Essentialism? (Is there a difference?) I don't
know, but IThere is. Typology is roughly the view that a given taxon has a type.
Essentialism is the view that all members of the taxon have a set of
unique and universal traits or properties. Typology was (and is)
widespread, while essentialism, so far as I can tell, was only ever a
nominal or diagnostic or identification matter.
hope it's of interest.
And neither are correlated with fixism of species...
John S. Wilkins, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Biohumanities Project
University of Queensland - Blog: evolvethought.blogspot.com
"Darwin's theory has no more to do with philosophy than any other
hypothesis in natural science." Tractatus 4.1122