ISBN-10:
067420283X
ISBN-13:
9780674202832
Pub. Date:
03/15/1987
Publisher:
Harvard
The Dialectical Biologist / Edition 1

The Dialectical Biologist / Edition 1

by Richard Levins, Richard LewontinRichard Levins
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Overview

Scientists act within a social context and from a philosophical perspective that is inherently political. Whether they realize it or not, scientists always choose sides. The Dialectical Biologist explores this political nature of scientific inquiry, advancing its argument within the framework of Marxist dialectic. These essays stress the concepts of continual change and codetermination between organism and environment, part and whole, structure and process, science and politics. Throughout, this book questions our accepted definitions and biases, showing the self-reflective nature of scientific activity within society.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674202832
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 03/15/1987
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 660,127
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Richard Levins was John Rock Professor of Population Sciences at the Harvard School of Public Health.

Richard Lewontin is Alexander Agassiz Research Professor at the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University. His many books include Biology and Ideology, Not in Our Genes, and Human Diversity.

Table of Contents

Introduction

1. On Evolution

Evolution as Theory and Ideology

Adaptation

The Organism as the Subject and Object of Evolution

2. On Analysis

The Analysis of Variance and the Analysis of Causes

Isidore Nabi on the Tendencies of Motion

Dialectics and Reductionism in Ecology

3. Science as a Social Product and the Social Product of Science

The Problem of Lysenkoism

The Commoditizatjon of Science

The Political Economy of Agricultural Research

Applied Biology in the Third World

The Pesticide System

Research Needs for Latin Community Health

What Is Human Nature?

Conclusion: Dialectics

Bibliography Index

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