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Genetics and Philosophy A Introduction

ISBN-10: 0521173906
ISBN-13: 9780521173902
Edition: 2013
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Description: In the past century, nearly all of the biological sciences have been directly affected by discoveries and developments in genetics, a fast-evolving subject with important theoretical dimensions. In this rich and accessible book, Paul Griffiths and  More...

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Book details

Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 4/18/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 280
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.122
Language: English

In the past century, nearly all of the biological sciences have been directly affected by discoveries and developments in genetics, a fast-evolving subject with important theoretical dimensions. In this rich and accessible book, Paul Griffiths and Karola Stotz show how the concept of the gene has evolved and diversified across the many fields that make up modern biology. By examining the molecular biology of the 'environment', they situate genetics in the developmental biology of whole organisms, and reveal how the molecular biosciences have undermined the nature/nurture distinction. Their discussion gives full weight to the revolutionary impacts of molecular biology, while rejecting 'genocentrism' and 'reductionism', and brings the topic right up to date with the philosophical implications of the most recent developments in genetics. Their book will be invaluable for those studying the philosophy of biology, genetics and other life sciences.

Paul Griffiths is a freelance evangelist. He is the author of four books and is involved in the running of various evangelism training and evangelistic courses across the UK. He lectures on various MA, Bth and Bible College courses. Martin Robinson leads Together in Mission, a training agency, and is author of many books, most recent The 8 Secrets of Happiness.

Karola Stotz is an Australian Research Fellow at the University of Sydney in the project 'Postgenomic Perspectives on Human Nature'. She is the editor of Genes, Genomes and Genetic Elements (2004), Reconciling Nature and Nurture in the Study of Behavior and Cognition Research (with C. Allen, 2008) and Philosophy in the Trenches: From Naturalized Philosophy to Experimental Philosophy (of Science) (2009).

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