Journal title PARADIGMI
Author/s Luoni Elena Gagliasso
Publishing Year 2009 Issue 2009/1 Language Italian
Pages 10 P. 137-146 File size 70 KB
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Biological Metaphors of the Individual - The same common name can designate different scientific objects, whose trajectories in history we can trace. Individual is an interesting case study, and a typical example of a constitutive metaphor in science. The old meaning, moving from philosophy to science, has changed along two centuries. The new meaning in population genetics is based on the difference among individuals. Thus, individual as a constitutive metaphor becomes the real epistemological engine of modern evolutionary theories. Keywords: Biological metaphors, Evolution, Population Genetics, Individual, Metaphor, Semantic change.
Luoni Elena Gagliasso, La metafora di individuo in biologia in "PARADIGMI" 1/2009, pp 137-146, DOI: 10.3280/PARA2009-001010