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The Science of the Struggle for Existence
On the Foundations of Ecology

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Philosophy and Biology

  • Date Published: September 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521042048

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  • Gregory Cooper's study examines issues in the philosophy of ecology that have been a source of controversy since the existence of ecology as a discipline. These controversies revolve around the concept of a balance of nature; the possibility of general ecological knowledge; and the role of model-building in ecology. The analysis has cross-disciplinary appeal and will interest students and professionals in science, the philosophy of science, and environmental studies as well as policy-makers.

    • A sustained treatment of foundational controversies in ecology
    • Brings discussions of contemporary philosophy of science to bear on foundational controversies in ecology
    • Addresses issues that are of particular importance for the deployment of ecology in the solution of environmental problems
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    "Cooper's arguments are clear and richly documented with references to the ecological and philosophical literature.... Extensive references and comprehensive indexes of authors and subjects." Choice

    "My overall assessment of this book is that it offers a fascinating, very informed, and always challenging, introduction to the debates and theoretical complexities that have animated, and are continuing to shape, the science of ecology. I certainly recommend this book to any one interested in the philosophy of the biological sciences, philosophers and biologists alike." Philosophy in Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521042048
    • length: 336 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.5kg
    • contains: 6 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The struggle for existence
    2. The roots of controversy
    3. Must there be a balance of nature?
    4. The pursuit of ecological generality
    5. Model building: a controversial craft
    6. Theoretical explanation and fundamental laws
    7. The explanatory continuum
    8. Theories, models and explanatory tools

  • Author

    Gregory J. Cooper, Washington and Lee University, Virginia

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