Species: The Evolution of the Idea

John S. Wilkins

February 16, 2018 Forthcoming by CRC Press
Reference - 400 Pages - 20 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138055742 - CAT# K33248
Series: Species and Systematics


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  • Covers the philosophical and historical development of the concept of "species"
  • Falsifies the myth that variation was not recognized by pre-Darwinian scholars
  • Includes a new section on the debates since the time of the New Synthesis
  • Better suited to non-philosphers


Over time the complex idea of “species” has evolved, yet its meaning is far from resolved. This comprehensive work is a fresh look at an idea central to the field of biology by tracing its history from antiquity to today. Species is a benchmark exploration and clarification of a concept fundamental to the past, present, and future of the natural sciences. In this edition, a section is added on the debate over species since the time of the New Synthesis, and brings the book up to date. This edition is better suited nonspecialists in philosophy, so that it will be of greater use for scientists wishing to understand how the notion came to be that living organisms form species.