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Darwinism in Philosophy, Social Science and Policy

Darwinism in Philosophy, Social Science and Policy

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Philosophy and Biology

  • Date Published: March 2000
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521664073

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  • This is a groundbreaking and timely collection of papers by Alexander Rosenberg, the distinguished philosopher of science. The essays cover three broad areas related to Darwinian thought and naturalism: the first deals with the solution of philosophical problems such as reductionism, the second with the development of social theories, and the third with the intersection of evolutionary biology with economics, political philosophy, and public policy. Rosenberg's important writings on a variety of issues are here organized into a coherent philosophical framework that promises to be a significant and controversial contribution to the philosophy of science and the application of evolutionary biology to social science and policy.

    • An excellent collection of essays by a prominent philosopher of science
    • Rosenberg was winner of the Lakatos prize in 1993
    • Darwinism is of interest to many, audience is wider due to attention to social science, economics, and public policy
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    "To make Darwinian explanations of human knowledge, values, and social institutions into well-confirmed theories, philosophers and scientists need to work together to develop, reine, and test Darwinian models of human evolution. Rosenberg's book is a valuable contribution toward this effort." Ethics, David B. Resnik, National Institutes of Health

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    • Date Published: March 2000
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521664073
    • length: 268 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 154 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.38kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. A field guide to recent species of naturalism
    2. Naturalistic epistemology for eliminative materialists
    3. Limits to biological knowledge
    4. Reductionism redux: computing the embryo
    5. What happens to genetics when holism runs amok?
    6. The biological justification of ethics: a best-case scenario
    7. Moral realism and social science
    8
    Contractarianism and the 'trolley' problem
    9. Does evolutionary theory give comfort or inspiration to economics?
    10. The politicial philosophy of biological endowments: some considerations
    11. Research tactics and economic strategies: the case of the human Genome project
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Author

    Alexander Rosenberg, University of Georgia

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