Bacterial species pluralism at the light of medicine and endosymbiosis

Javier Suárez
2016 THEORIA : an International Journal for Theory, History and Fundations of Science  
This paper aims to offer a new argument in defence bacterial species pluralism. To do so, I shall first present the particular issues derived from the conflict between the non-theoretical understanding of species as units of classification and the theoretical comprehension of them as units of evolution. Secondly, I shall justify the necessity of the concept of species for the bacterial world, and show how medicine and endosymbiotic evolutionary theory make use of different concepts of bacterial
more » ... ncepts of bacterial species due to their distinctive purposes. Finally, I shall show how my argument provides a new source of defence for bacterial pluralism.
doi:10.1387/theoria.13242 fatcat:ueaktqwvvngv5muinkbgii3lty