On biological identity

Giovanni Boniolo, Massimiliano Carrara

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In our paper, we propose a relativistic and metaphysically neutral identity criterion for biological entities. We start from the criterion of genidentity proposed by K. Lewin and H. Reichenbach. Then we enrich it to render it more philosophical powerful and so capable of dealing with the real transformations that occur in the extremely variegated biological world.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)443-457
Number of pages15
JournalBiology and Philosophy
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2004


  • Body transformations
  • Identity
  • Ontology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)


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