Concepts, Theories, and Rationality in the Biological Sciences

Concepts, Theories, and Rationality in the Biological Sciences

by Gereon Wolters
     
 

ISBN-10: 0822939134

ISBN-13: 9780822939139

Pub. Date: 07/28/1995

Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press


Leading biologists and philosophers of biology discuss the basic theories and concepts of biology and their connections with ethics, economics, and psychology, providing a remarkably unified report on the “state of the art” in the philosophy of biology.  See more details below

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Leading biologists and philosophers of biology discuss the basic theories and concepts of biology and their connections with ethics, economics, and psychology, providing a remarkably unified report on the “state of the art” in the philosophy of biology.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822939139
Publisher:
University of Pittsburgh Press
Publication date:
07/28/1995
Series:
Pittsburgh-Konstanz Series in the Philosophy and History of Science
Pages:
436
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Neo-Darwinism1
Darwinism: Its Descent and Modifications27
"Neo-Darwinism" or "Synthesis"?35
The Evolutionary Contingency Thesis45
Evolutionary Change and Lawlikeness: Beatty on Biological Generalizations83
Comments on Beatty99
From Experimental Systems to Cultures of Experimentation107
Comments on Rheinberger's "From Experimental Systems to Cultures of Experimentation"123
Exemplars, Abstractions, and Anomalies: Representations and Theory Change in Mendelian and Molecular Genetics137
Comment on Darden159
What's Good about Anomalies?165
The Species Problem171
Consilience and Integration: A response to Ruse's "The Species Problem"195
Comments on Ruse's "The Species Problem"203
The Coevolution of Organism and Environment211
Comment on Brandon and Antonovics' "Coevolution of Organism and Environment"233
Did Evolution Make Us Psychological Egoists?241
Human Moral Assessment: Method, Hypotheses, Puzzles263
Morality - and Biology?287
Naturalism, Function, Teleonomy: Comments on Gibbard's "Human Moral Assessment Method, Hypotheses, Puzzles"295
Economic Choice Theory and Animal Behavior305
Philosophical Reflections on Animal Economics343
Comment on Kagel359
Response to Simon's Comment367
Cognitive Ethology371
Seyfarth and Cheney on Cognitive Ethology393
Systematics and Cognitive Ethology: Comments on Seyfarth and Cheney399
Index407

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