Concepts, Theories, and Rationality in the Biological Sciences

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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.

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Neo-Darwinism 1
Darwinism: Its Descent and Modifications 27
"Neo-Darwinism" or "Synthesis"? 35
The Evolutionary Contingency Thesis 45
Evolutionary Change and Lawlikeness: Beatty on Biological Generalizations 83
Comments on Beatty 99
From Experimental Systems to Cultures of Experimentation 107
Comments on Rheinberger's "From Experimental Systems to Cultures of Experimentation" 123
Exemplars, Abstractions, and Anomalies: Representations and Theory Change in Mendelian and Molecular Genetics 137
Comment on Darden 159
What's Good about Anomalies? 165
The Species Problem 171
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 Environment 211
Comment on Brandon and Antonovics' "Coevolution of Organism and Environment" 233
Did Evolution Make Us Psychological Egoists? 241
Human Moral Assessment: Method, Hypotheses, Puzzles 263
Morality - and Biology? 287
Naturalism, Function, Teleonomy: Comments on Gibbard's "Human Moral Assessment Method, Hypotheses, Puzzles" 295
Economic Choice Theory and Animal Behavior 305
Philosophical Reflections on Animal Economics 343
Comment on Kagel 359
Response to Simon's Comment 367
Cognitive Ethology 371
Seyfarth and Cheney on Cognitive Ethology 393
Systematics and Cognitive Ethology: Comments on Seyfarth and Cheney 399
Index 407
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