Sex and Death An Introduction to Philosophy of Biology

ISBN-10: 0226773043
ISBN-13: 9780226773049
Edition: 1999
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Description: In this introduction to philosophy of biology, Kim Sterelny and Paul E. Griffiths present both the science and the philosophical context necessary for a critical understanding of the debates shaping biology at the end of the 20th century.

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Book details

List price: $34.00
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 6/15/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.694
Language: English

In this introduction to philosophy of biology, Kim Sterelny and Paul E. Griffiths present both the science and the philosophical context necessary for a critical understanding of the debates shaping biology at the end of the 20th century.

Kim Sterelny is Professor of Philosophy at Australian National University and Victoria University of Wellington. His books include Language and Reality (with Michael Devitt; second edition, MIT Press).

Preface
Theory Really Matters: Philosophy of Biology and Social Issues
The Science of Life Itself
Is There an Essential Human Nature?
Is Genuine Altruism Possible?
Are Human Beings Programmed by Their Genes?
Biology and the Pre-emption of Social Science
What Should Conservationists Conserve?
The Received View of Evolution
The Diversity of Life
Evolution and Natural Selection
The Received View and Its Challenges
Genes, Molecules, and Organisms
The Gene's Eye View of Evolution
Replicators and Interactors
The Special Status of Replicators
The Bookkeeping Argument
The Extended Phenotype
The Organisim Strikes Back
What Is a Gene?
Genes Are Active Germ Line Replicators
Genes Are Difference Makers
The Developmental Systems Alternative
Gene Selectionism and Development
Epigenetic Inheritance and Beyond
The Interactionist Consensus
Information in Development
Other Grounds for Privileging Genes
Developmental Systems and Extended Replicators
One True Story?
Mendel and Molecules
How Theories Relate: Displacement, Incorporation, and Integration
What Is Mendelian Genetics?
Molecular Genetics: Transcription and Translation
Gene Regulation
Are Genes Protein Makers?
Reduction: For and Against
The Antireductionist Consensus
Reduction by Degrees?
Are Genes DNA Sequences Plus Contexts?
The Reductionist Anticonsensus
Organisms, Groups, and Species
Organisms, Groups, and Superorganisms
Interactors
The Challenge of Altruism
Group Selection: Take 1
Group Selection: Take 2
Population-Structured Evolution
Organisms and Superorganisms
Species
Are Species Real?
The Nature of Species
The One True Tree of Life
Species Selection
Evolutionary Explanations
Adaptation, Perfection, Function
Adaptation
Function
The Attack on Adaptationism
What Is Adaptationism?
Structuralism and theBauplan
Optimality and Falsifiability
Adaptation and the Comparative Method
Adaptation, Ecology, and the Environment
The Received View in Ecology
History and Theory in Ecology
The Balance of Nature
Niches and Organisms
Reconstructing Niches
Unfinished Business
Life on Earth: The Big Picture
The Arrow of Time and the Ladder of Progress
Gould's Challenge
What Is Disparity?
Contingency and Its Consequences
Mass Extinction and the History of Life
Conclusions
Evolution and Human Nature
From Sociobiology to Evolutionary Psychology
1975 and All That
The Wilson Program
From Darwinian Behaviorism to Darwinian Psychology
Evolutionary Psychology and Its Promise
Evolutionary Psychology and Its Problems
Memes and Cultural Evolution
A Case Study: Evolutionary Theories of Emotion
Darwin on the Emotions
Sociobiology and Evolutionary Psychology on the Emotions
The Modular Emotions
Beyond the Modular Emotions
Emotion, Evolution, and Evolved Psychology
Concluding Thoughts
What Is Life?
Defining Life
Universal Biology
Simulation and Emergence Final Thoughts
Glossary
References
Index

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