A Companion to the Philosophy of Biology / Edition 1

A Companion to the Philosophy of Biology / Edition 1

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A Companion to the Philosophy of Biology / Edition 1

A Companion to the Philosophy of Biology offers concise overviews of philosophical issues raised by all areas of biology. Addressing both traditional and emerging areas of philosophical interest, the volume focuses on the philosophical implications of evolutionary theory as well as key topics such as molecular biology, immunology, and ecology.

Comprising essays by top scholars in the field, this volume is an authoritative guide for professional philosophers, historians, sociologists and biologists, as well as an accessible reference work for students seeking to learn about this rapidly-changing field.

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ISBN-13: 9781405125727
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 02/11/2008
Series: Blackwell Companions to Philosophy Series , #49
Pages: 616
Product dimensions: 7.20(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.48(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures viii

List of Tables x

Notes on Contributors xi

Acknowledgments xvii

Introduction Sahotra Sarkar Anya Plutynski xviii

Part I Molecular Biology and Genetics 1

1 Gene Concepts Hans-Jörg Rheinberger Staffan Müller-Wille 3

2 Biological Information Stefan Artmann 22

3 Heredity and Heritability Richard C. Lewontin 40

4 Genomics, Proteomics, and Beyond Sahotra Sarkar 58

Part II Evolution 75

5 Darwinism and Neo-Darwinism James G. Lennox 77

6 Systematics and Taxonomy Marc Ereshefsky 99

7 Population Genetics Christopher Stephens 119

8 The Units and Levels of Selection Samir Okasha 138

9 Molecular Evolution Michael R. Dietrich 157

10 Speciation and Macroevolution Anya Plutynski 169

11 Adaptationism Peter Godfrey-Smith Jon F. Wilkins 186

Part III Developmental Biology 203

12 Phenotypic Plasticity and Reaction Norms Jonathan M. Kaplan 205

13 Explaining the Ontogeny of Form: Philosophical Issues Alan C. Love 223

14 Development and Evolution Ron Amundson 248

Part IV Medicine 269

15 Self and Nonself Moira Howes 271

16 Health and Disease Dominic Murphy 287

Part V Ecology 299

17 Population Ecology Mark Colyvan 301

18 Complexity, Diversity, and Stability James Justus 321

19 Ecosystems Kent A. Peacock 351

20 Biodiversity: Its Meaning and Value Bryan G. Norton 368

Part VI Mind and Behavior 391

21 Ethology, Sociobiology, and Evolutionary Psychology Paul E. Griffiths 393

22 Cooperation J. McKenzie Alexander 415

23 Language and Evolution Derek Bickerton 431

Part VII Experimentation, Theory, and Themes 453

24 What is Life? Mark A. Bedau 455

25 Experimentation Marcel Weber 472

26 Laws and Theories Marc Lange 489

27 Models Jay Odenbaugh 506

28 Function and Teleology Justin Garson 525

29 Reductionism in Biology Alexander Rosenberg 550

Index 568

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