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Final Project Topic and Audience

October 5, 2012

For my final project, I was thinking about creating a site that introduces one aspect of what is known as the “species problem,” which concerns how “species” is defined.  In philosophy of biology, there are several categories of varying species concepts (phenetic, biological, phylogenetic, etc).  Questions about what a species is, how it is defined, and the criteria used to identify species are important because their answers have an impact on biologists’ field work as well as research.  Species concepts also affect biological classification systems.

I would like to provide a brief/general introduction to species concepts to interested individuals.  My target audience includes anyone with an interest in philosophy of biology, biology, evolution, and classification.  They do not need to have any background in any of the fields listed above; all that is required is curiosity about the question of “what is a species?”  I’d like to provide a brief summary/explanation for the different categories of species concepts, and a short bibliography that identifies the major players/publications associated with each species concept as well as well-known and/or significant criticisms of the concept.

Also, I will try to not use terms and language that may be unfamiliar to those not immersed in philosophy and/or biology.  In cases where such language cannot be avoided, I will provide clear explanations and structure content in a way that reinforces my characterization of the terms/concepts.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. derek permalink*
    October 5, 2012 3:50 pm

    who is this for?

    • October 9, 2012 1:03 pm

      Sorry for not being more clear about my target audience! My audience will be people that are interested in philosophy of science (biology to be more specific), but don’t necessarily have any background knowledge or experience. Such individuals would likely benefit from an introduction to the subject and resources on where to find further information and details so they can direct their own learning.

      • derek permalink*
        October 9, 2012 2:12 pm


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