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The Philosophy of Biology

The Philosophy of Biology
An Episodic History

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Part of The Evolution of Modern Philosophy

  • Date Published: August 2004
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521643801

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  • Does life (for the living) differ from that of the non-living? If so, how? And how, in that case, does biology as the study of living things differ from other sciences? These questions are examined through an exploration of episodes in the history of biology and philosophy.

    • Systematic, historical study of the development of philosophy of biology
    • Marjorie Grene, co-author, is a senior and distinguished figure in the field of philosophy of biology
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "This book contains detailed observations and critical reflections that help to clarify the philosophical problems associated with experimental biology. Staying true to his subject matter, the author does not present a 'one size fits all' solution to the philosophy of experimental biology. Similar to experiments, these questions are very much a work in progress. And by showing what we miss if we do not pay attention to these issues, Weber has done us all an enormous service." The Quarterly Review of Biology, Manfred D. Laubichler

    "The work of Grene and Depew is a pleasing addition to the literature on philosophy of biology."
    Jeremy Kirby, Quarterly Review of Biology

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2004
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521643801
    • length: 440 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.64kg
    • contains: 2 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Aristotle and after
    2. Descartes, Harvey and the emergence of modern mechanism
    3. The eighteenth century: Buffon
    4. The eighteenth century II: Kant the development of German biology
    5. Before Darwin I: A continental controversy
    6. Before Darwin II: British controversies about geology and natural theology
    7. Darwin
    8. Evolution and heredity from Darwin to the rise of genetics
    9. The modern evolutionary synthesis and its discontents
    10. Some themes in recent philosophy of biology: The species problem, reducibility, function and teleology
    11. Biology and human nature
    12. The philosophy of biology and the philosophy of science.

  • Authors

    Marjorie Grene, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

    David Depew, University of Iowa

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