On the Ontology and Origin of Species

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Science  18 Sep 1998:
Vol. 281, Issue 5384, pp. 1812-1813
DOI: 10.1126/science.281.5384.1812

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Metaphysics and the Origin of Species. Michael T. Ghiselin. State University of New York Press, Albany, NY, 1997. 389 pp. $75. ISBN 0-7914-3467-2. Paper, $24.95. ISBN 0-7914-3468-0

Metaphysics and the Origin of Species is the culmination of the author's three-decade campaign for the idea that biological species are individuals, not classes. Burian describes it as "deep, difficult, and of foundational importance," deserving serious attention from everyone interested in biological ontology and questions in evolution, cladistics, and systematics.