Philosophy of Biology: An Anthology / Edition 1

Philosophy of Biology: An Anthology / Edition 1

by Alex Rosenberg
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1405183179

ISBN-13: 9781405183178

Pub. Date: 05/05/2009

Publisher: Wiley

Rapid biological advances and new standards of philosophical rigor are casting age-old questions about the nature and methodology of the biological sciences in a dramatic new light. Philosophy of Biology: An Anthology offers a comprehensive and up-to-date collection of the field's most significant works. The text is organized to provide readers at all levels

Overview

Rapid biological advances and new standards of philosophical rigor are casting age-old questions about the nature and methodology of the biological sciences in a dramatic new light. Philosophy of Biology: An Anthology offers a comprehensive and up-to-date collection of the field's most significant works. The text is organized to provide readers at all levels with a thorough grounding in the general history, philosophy, and science behind debates that remain at the heart of the philosophy of biology. Addressing the field's central issues, sections draw on works relating to Darwinism and its influence on the biological sciences, evolution and chance, the unit of selection debate, adaptationism, evolutionary psychology, and the burgeoning science of evolutionary developmental biology, to name just a few. Editors' introductions and further reading material throughout the text - combined with the readings themselves - provide novices with a solid basis on which to pursue further research in philosophy of biology.

Comprehensive in scope, Philosophy of Biology: An Anthology offers readers an accessible gateway into a field of study that holds the most crucial insights and implications into our understanding of the nature and methodology of the biological sciences.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405183178
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
05/05/2009
Series:
Blackwell Philosophy Anthologies Series
Pages:
464
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 9.70(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Personal Acknowledgments

Source Acknowledgments

General Introduction: A Short History of Philosophy of Biology: Alex Rosenberg and Robert Arp

Part I: Basic Principles and Proofs of Darwinism

Introduction

1. Struggle for Existence and Natural Selection: Charles Darwin

2. Evolution: Eugenie G. Scott

Part II: Evolution and Chance

Introduction

3. Beyond the Reach of Chance: Michael Denton

4. Accumulating Small Change: Richard Dawkins

5. Chance and Natural Selection: John Beatty

6. The Principle of Drift: Biology’s First Law: Robert N. Brandon

Part III: The Tautology Problem

Introduction

7. Darwin’s Untimely Burial: Stephen Jay Gould

8. Adaptation and Evolutionary Theory: Robert N. Brandon

Part IV: Adaptationism

Introduction

9. The Spandrels of San Marco and the Panglossian Paradigm: A Critique of the Adaptationist Programme: Stephen Jay Gould and Richard C. Lewontin

10. How to Carry Out the Adaptationist Program?: Ernst Mayr

Part V: Biological Function and Teleology

Introduction

11. The Modern Philosophical Resurrection of Teleology: Mark Perlman

12. Neo-Teleology: Robert Cummins

13. A Modern History Theory of Functions: Peter Godfrey-Smith

Part VI: Evolutionary Developmental Biology

Introduction

14. Endless Forms: The Evolution of Gene Regulation and Morphological Diversity: Sean B. Carroll

15. Functional Evo-devo: Casper J. Breuker, Vincent Debat, and Christian Peter Klingenberg

Part VII: Reductionism and the Biological Sciences

Introduction

16. 1953 and All That: A Tale of Two Sciences: Philip Kitcher

17. The Multiple Realizability Argument against Reductionism: Elliott Sober

Part VIII: Species and Classification Problems

Introduction

18. Species, Taxonomy, and Systematics: Marc Ereshefsky

19. Spec;iation: A Catalogue and Critique of Species Concepts: Jerry A. Coyne and H. Allen Orr

Part IX: The Units of Selection Debate

Introduction

20. Artifact, Cause, and Genic Selection: Elliott Sober and Richard C. Lewontin

21. The Return of the Gene: Kim Sterelny and Philip Kitcher

22. The Levels of Selection Debate: Philosophical Issues: Samir Okasha

Part X: Sociobiology and Ethics

Introduction

23. Sociobiology: The New Synthesis: Edward O. Wilson

24. The Evolution of Cooperation: Robert Axelrod and William D. Hamilton

25. Darwinism in Moral Philosophy and Social Theory: Alex Rosenberg

Part XI: Evolutionary Psychology

Introduction

26. Conceptual Foundations of Evolutionary Psychology: John Tooby and Leda Cosmides

27. The Environments of Our Hominin Ancestors, Tool-usage, and Scenario Visualization: Robert Arp

Part XII: Design and Creationism

Introduction

28. Science and Creationism: Donald Prothero

29. Irreducible Complexity: Obstacle to Darwinian Evolution: Michael J. Behe

30. The Flagellum Unspun: The Collapse of "Irreducible Complexity": Kenneth R. Miller

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