Philosophy of Biology Todayby Michael Ruse
Pub. Date: 10/28/1988
Publisher: State University of New York Press
This short and highly accessible volume opens up the subject of the philosophy of biology to professionals and to students in both disciplines. The text covers briefly and clearly all of the pertinent topics in the subject, dealing with both human and non-human issues, and quite uniquely surveying not only scholars in the English-speaking world but others elsewhere, including the Eastern block.
As molecular biologists peer ever more deeply into life’s mysteries, there are those who fear that such ‘reductionism’ conceals more than it reveals, and there are those who complain that the new techniques threaten the physical safety of us all. As students of evolution apply their new-found understanding to our own species, some people think that this is merely an excuse for racist and sexist propaganda, and others worry that the whole exercise blatantly violates the religious beliefs many of us hold dear. These controversies are the joint concern of biologists and philosophersof those whose task it is to study the theoretical and moral foundations of knowledge.
The comprehensive and fully up-to-date bibliography makes this an invaluable and indispensable guide.
Table of ContentsPreface
1. Evolutionary Theory
2. Population Genetics
3. Molecular Biology
4. Challenges to the Paradigm
7. Human Biology
8. Philosophical Implications
9. Other Topics
10. Other Lands
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