The Epistemology of Development, Evolution, and Genetics

The Epistemology of Development, Evolution, and Genetics

by Richard Burian
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521545285

ISBN-13: 9780521545280

Pub. Date: 10/15/2004

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

"Collected for the first time in a single volume are essays that examine the developments in three fundamental biological disciplines - embryology, evolutionary biology, and genetics - which were in conflict for much of the twentieth century. The essays in this collection examine key methodological problems within these disciplines and the difficulties faced in…  See more details below

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"Collected for the first time in a single volume are essays that examine the developments in three fundamental biological disciplines - embryology, evolutionary biology, and genetics - which were in conflict for much of the twentieth century. The essays in this collection examine key methodological problems within these disciplines and the difficulties faced in overcoming the conflicts between them." Written in a clear, accessible style, this collection should appeal to students and professionals in the philosophy of science and the philosophy and history of biology.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521545280
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/15/2004
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Philosophy and Biology Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.83(d)

Table of Contents

1General introduction1
2How the choice of experimental organism matters : epistemological reflections on an aspect of biological practice11
3Unification and coherence as methodological objectives in the biological sciences29
4"Adaptation"54
5The influence of the evolutionary paradigm81
6"Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution"103
7On conceptual change in biology : the case of the gene126
8Technique, task definition, and the transition from genetics to molecular genetics : aspects of the work on protein synthesis in the laboratories of J. Monod and P. Zamecnik145
9Too many kinds of genes? : some problems posed by discontinuities in gene concepts and the continuity of the genetic material (1995)166
10Lillie's paradox - or, some hazards of cellular geography183
11On conflicts between genetic and developmental viewpoints - and their attempted resolution in molecular biology210
12Reconceiving animals and their evolution : on some consequences of new research on the modularity of development and evolution234

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