The Structure of Biological Science / Edition 1

The Structure of Biological Science / Edition 1

by Alexander Rosenberg, Rosenburg
     
 

ISBN-10: 052127561X

ISBN-13: 9780521275613

Pub. Date: 10/28/2000

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book provides a comprehensive guide to the conceptual methodological, and epistemological problems of biology, and treats in depth the major developments in molecular biology and evolutionary theory that have transformed both biology and its philosophy in recent decades. At the same time the work is a sustained argument for a particular philosophy of biology that

Overview

This book provides a comprehensive guide to the conceptual methodological, and epistemological problems of biology, and treats in depth the major developments in molecular biology and evolutionary theory that have transformed both biology and its philosophy in recent decades. At the same time the work is a sustained argument for a particular philosophy of biology that unifies disparate issues and offers a framework for expectations about the future directions of the life sciences. The argument explores differences between autonomist and anti-autonomist views of biology. The result is a vindication of reductionism, but one that is unexpectedly hollow. For it leaves the exponents of the autonomy of biology from physical science with as much as their view of biology really requires - and rather more than the reductionist might comfortably concede. Professor Rosenberg shows how the problems of the philosophy of biology are interconnected and how their solutions are interdependent, However, this book focuses more on the direct concerns of biologists, rather than the traditional agenda of philosophers' problems about biology. This departure from earlier books on the subject results both in greater understanding and relevance of the philosophy of science to biology as a whole.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521275613
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/28/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Biology and its philosophy; 2. Autonomy and provincialism; 3. Teleology and the roots of autonomy; 4. Reductionism and the temptation of provincialism; 5. The structure of evolutionary theory; 6. Fitness; 7. Species; 8. New problems of functionalism; Bibliography; Index.

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