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Contemporary Debates in Philosophy of Biology brings together original essays on some of the most hotly debated questions in this lively and fast-moving field. Each of the ten sections introduces a specific issue within philosophy of biology and offers suggestions for further reading. Pairs of newly commissioned essays by leading scholars discuss the central questions in an engaging head-to-head debate. Together, the essays provide an accessible introduction to philosophy of biology, and a springboard to further discussion. Showcasing original arguments for well-defined positions, as well as clear and concise statements of sophisticated philosophical views, this volume is an excellent resource for professional philosophers, biologists, and students alike.

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"A greatly needed and welcome contribution by excellent scholars, this book invites newcomers and experts alike to think critically about core issues in the philosophy of biology."
Roberta L. Millstein, University of California, Davis
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405159999
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/14/2009
  • Series: Contemporary Debates in Philosophy Series , #18
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 440
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Francisco J. Ayala is Donald Bren Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of California, Irvine, USA. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society. In 2001, he received the National Medal of Science. Ayala has published more than 950 articles and is the author or editor of 31 books. He has been named the Renaissance Man of Evolutionary Biology by The New York Times.

Robert Arp is an analyst at The Analysis Group, LLC who has interests in philosophy of biology and ontology in the informatics sense. He is the author of Scenario Visualization: An Evolutionary Account of Creative Problem Solving (2008), and co-editor of Philosophy of Biology: An Anthology (Blackwell, 2009).

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Table of Contents

Pt. I Is it possible to reduce biological explanations to explanations in chemistry and/or physics? 13

Pt. II Have traits evolved to function the way they do because of a past advantage? 49

Pt. III Are species real? 87

Pt. IV Does selection operate primarily on genes? 123

Pt. V Are microevolution and macroevolution governed by the same processes? 165

Pt. VI Does evolutionary developmental biology offer a significant challenge to the neo-Darwinian paradigm? 195

Pt. VII Were the basic components of the human mind solidified during the Pleistocene epoch? 227

Pt. VIII Does memetics provide a useful way of understanding cultural evolution? 253

Pt. IX Can the biological sciences act as a ground for ethics? 293

Pt. X Is there a place for intelligent design in the philosophy of biology? 337

Index 391

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