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Biology and Epistemology

Biology and Epistemology

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Richard Creath, Jane Maienschein, Michael Ruse, Jon Hodge, David L. Hull, Robert J. Richards, David Magnus, William Bechtel, Frederic L. Holmes, R. C. Lewontin, Marga Vicedo, Evelyn Fox Keller, Helen E. Longino, Kenneth F. Schaffner
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  • Date Published: September 1999
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521597012

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  • This set of original essays by some of the most distinguished names in philosophy of science explores a range of diverse issues at the intersection of biology and epistemology. The studies, taken together, help to develop and deepen our understanding of how biology works and what counts as warranted knowledge and as legitimate approaches to the study of life. The volume will interest professionals and graduate students in biology and the history and philosophy of science.

    • A very impressive team of contributors, with some of the best names in philosophy of science
    • Essays explore a range of diverse issues in the intersection of biology and epistemology
    • Deals with philosophical and historical issues in science of the nineteenth century and today
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    "This is an excellent anthology from multiple perspectives. It provides an overview of current research in the field and insight into how a wide variety of epistemological issues are related to one another, making it requireed reading for anyone interested in philosophy of biology and broader issues in philosophy of science." Isis

    "Biology and Epistemology instructs us as historians and philosophers of biology to keep in mind the essential relationship between epistemology and biology, and suggests that a complete understanding of controversies in biology often cannot be obtained without an understanding of the underlying disagreements in epistemology. It reminds us of the richness and variety of epistemologies, warning against overly simplistic approaches." Journal of the History of Biology

    "...this diverse and challenging book leaves nothing to wish for. Biology and Epistemology is a notable contribution to the philosophy of science which persuasively shows why biology will be 'the next big thing.'" Philosophy in Review

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    • Date Published: September 1999
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521597012
    • length: 316 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 153 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.44kg
    • contains: 4 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Richard Creath and Jane Maienschein
    1. Darwin and the philosophers: epistemological factors in the development and reception of the theory of the Origin of Species Michael Ruse
    2. Knowing about life: Darwin and his theory of natural selection Jon Hodge
    3. Why did Darwin fail? The role of John Stuart Mill David L. Hull
    4. The epistemology of historical interpretation: progressivity and recapitulation in Darwin's Theory Robert J. Richards
    5. Down the Primrose Path: competing epistemologies in early twentieth-century biology David Magnus
    6. Competing epistemologies and developmental biology Jane Maienschein
    7. From imaging to believing: epistemic issues in generating biological data William Bechtel
    8. The logic of discovery: in the experimental life sciences Frederic L. Holmes
    9. What do population geneticists know and how do they know it? R. C. Lewontin
    10. Experimentation, realism, and the historical character of science Marga Vicedo
    11. Making sense of life: explanation in developmental biology Evelyn Fox Keller
    12. Toward an epistemology for biological pluralism Helen E. Longino
    13. Biology and epistemology: emerging themes Kenneth F. Schaffner.

  • Editors

    Richard Creath, Arizona State University

    Jane Maienschein, Arizona State University


    Richard Creath, Jane Maienschein, Michael Ruse, Jon Hodge, David L. Hull, Robert J. Richards, David Magnus, William Bechtel, Frederic L. Holmes, R. C. Lewontin, Marga Vicedo, Evelyn Fox Keller, Helen E. Longino, Kenneth F. Schaffner

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