The Philosophy of Biology: An Episodic History

The Philosophy of Biology: An Episodic History

by Marjorie Grene, David Depew
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521643716

ISBN-13: 9780521643719

Pub. Date: 08/28/2004

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Does life (for the living) differ from that of the non-living? If so, how? And how, in that case, does biology as the study of living things differ from other sciences? These questions are examined through an exploration of episodes in the history of biology and philosophy.

Overview

Does life (for the living) differ from that of the non-living? If so, how? And how, in that case, does biology as the study of living things differ from other sciences? These questions are examined through an exploration of episodes in the history of biology and philosophy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521643719
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
08/28/2004
Series:
Evolution of Modern Philosophy Series
Pages:
440
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.40(d)

Table of Contents

1. Aristotle and after; 2. Descartes, Harvey and the emergence of modern mechanism; 3. The eighteenth century: Buffon; 4. The eighteenth century II: Kant the development of German biology; 5. Before Darwin I: A continental controversy; 6. Before Darwin II: British controversies about geology and natural theology; 7. Darwin; 8. Evolution and heredity from Darwin to the rise of genetics; 9. The modern evolutionary synthesis and its discontents; 10. Some themes in recent philosophy of biology: The species problem, reducibility, function and teleology; 11. Biology and human nature; 12. The philosophy of biology and the philosophy of science.

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