Skip to content
Register Sign in Wishlist
The Immune Self

The Immune Self
Theory or Metaphor?

$67.99 (P)

Part of Cambridge Studies in Philosophy and Biology

  • Date Published: October 1996
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521574433

$ 67.99 (P)
Paperback

Add to cart Add to wishlist

Other available formats:
Hardback, eBook


Looking for an examination copy?

If you are interested in the title for your course we can consider offering an examination copy. To register your interest please contact collegesales@cambridge.org providing details of the course you are teaching.

Description
Product filter button
Description
Contents
Resources
Courses
About the Authors
  • The Immune Self is a critical study of immunology from its origins at the end of the nineteenth century to its contemporary formulation. The book offers the first extended philosophical critique of immunology, in which the function of the term "self" that underlies the structure of current immune theory is analyzed. However, this analysis is carefully integrated into a broad survey of the major scientific developments in immunology, a discussion of their historical context, and a review of the conceptual arguments that have molded this sophisticated modern science.

    • The conceptual analysis is integrated with a historical account of the origins and development of the modern science of immunology
    • The book requires no specialised knowledge of either philosophy or immunology
    Read more

    Reviews & endorsements

    "This is a strong and interesting argument, elegantly developed in the phenomenological idea of the biological subject as an evolving entity in dialectical relationship with its environment. ...a starting point for important extended discussion to come." Canadian Philosophical Reviews

    "The scholarship is excellent, the erudition impressive...Tauber is not only an erudite scholar. He is also a physician who has worked many years in the clinic and laboratory...it should be required reading for all graduate and postdoctoral students in immunology...will prove influential among philosophers and historians." Robert S. Schwartz, The New England Journal of Medicine

    "Tauber's scholarship...is unparalleled....The Immune self shows that the science of immunology has reached a level of maturity where it can now contribute to the discussion of who we are. In writing it, Alfred Tauber has in turn made a valuable contribution to immunology." Ephraim Fuchs, Kaleidoscope

    "Tauber challenges readers to reevaluate the concept of self in an interdisciplinary context." G.L. Kreider, Choice

    "The Immune Self provides an excellent analysis of immunologie thought." Canadian Journal of Allergy & Clinical Immunology

    "Alfred I. Tauber, a philosopher of science and an immunologist, has written a major book persuasive enough to make it impossible to separate his activities as a scientist from the philosophical construction of his field." Sander L. Gilman, American Historical Review

    See more reviews

    Customer reviews

    Not yet reviewed

    Be the first to review

    Review was not posted due to profanity

    ×

    , create a review

    (If you're not , sign out)

    Please enter the right captcha value
    Please enter a star rating.
    Your review must be a minimum of 12 words.

    How do you rate this item?

    ×

    Product details

    • Date Published: October 1996
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521574433
    • length: 368 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.506kg
    • contains: 2 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. The phagocytosis theory
    2. The triumph of immunology
    3. The immune self declared
    4. From theory to metaphor
    5. Immunology gropes for its theory
    6. The self and the phenomenological attitude
    7. The self as organism: a philosophical consideration
    8. The search for identity
    Notes
    Index.

  • Author

    Alfred I. Tauber, Boston University

Sign In

Please sign in to access your account

Cancel

Not already registered? Create an account now. ×

Sorry, this resource is locked

Please register or sign in to request access. If you are having problems accessing these resources please email lecturers@cambridge.org

Register Sign in
Please note that this file is password protected. You will be asked to input your password on the next screen.

» Proceed

You are now leaving the Cambridge University Press website. Your eBook purchase and download will be completed by our partner www.ebooks.com. Please see the permission section of the www.ebooks.com catalogue page for details of the print & copy limits on our eBooks.

Continue ×

Continue ×

Continue ×

Find content that relates to you

Join us online

This site uses cookies to improve your experience. Read more Close

Are you sure you want to delete your account?

This cannot be undone.

Cancel

Thank you for your feedback which will help us improve our service.

If you requested a response, we will make sure to get back to you shortly.

×
Please fill in the required fields in your feedback submission.
×