Philosophy of Biology: A Contemporary Introduction

Philosophy of Biology: A Contemporary Introduction

by Alex Rosenberg
     
 

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Is life a purely physical process? What is human nature? Which of our traits is essential to us? In this volume, Daniel McShea and Alex Rosenberg – a biologist and a philosopher, respectively – join forces to create a new gateway to the philosophy of biology; making the major issues accessible and relevant to biologists and philosophers alike.

Overview

Is life a purely physical process? What is human nature? Which of our traits is essential to us? In this volume, Daniel McShea and Alex Rosenberg – a biologist and a philosopher, respectively – join forces to create a new gateway to the philosophy of biology; making the major issues accessible and relevant to biologists and philosophers alike.

Exploring concepts such as supervenience; the controversies about genocentrism and genetic determinism; and the debate about major transitions central to contemporary thinking about macroevolution; the authors lay out the broad terms in which we should assess the impact of biology on human capacities, social institutions and ethical values.

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'A very impressive book. Coverage is complete without being overly encyclopedic and diffuse, and competing arguments are given fair and even-handed treatment.' - Gregory Frost-Arnold, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, USA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781134375370
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
12/19/2007
Series:
Routledge Contemporary Introductions to Philosophy
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
File size:
465 KB

Meet the Author

Alex Rosenberg is R. Taylor Cole Professor of Philosophy at Duke University.  He is the author of Philosophy of Science: a Contemporary Introduction (2nd edition, 2005) and co-editor with Yuri Balashov of Philosophy of Science: Contemporary Readings (2002).

Daniel W. McShea is Associate Professor of Biology at Duke University. 

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