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Cambridge Companion to the Philosophy of Biology

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ISBN-10: 0521616719

ISBN-13: 9780521616713

Edition: 2007

Authors: Robert J. Richards, David L. Hull, Michael Ruse

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The philosophy of biology is one of the most exciting new areas in the field of philosophy and one that is attracting much attention from working scientists. This Companion, edited by two of the founders of the field, includes newly commissioned essays by senior scholars and up-and-coming younger scholars who collectively examine the main areas of the subject - the nature of evolutionary theory, classification, teleology and function, ecology, and the problematic relationship between biology and religion, among other topics. Up-to-date and comprehensive in its coverage, this unique volume will be of interest not only to professional philosophers but also to students in the humanities and…    
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Book details

List price: $44.99
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 10/1/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 544
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.584
Language: English

Michael Ruse is Lucyle T. Werkmeister Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Program in the History and Philosophy of Science, Florida State University. He is the founder and editor of the journal Biology and Philosophy, and has appeared on ldquo;Quirks and Quarksrdquo; and the Discovery Channel.

Contributors
Preface
Adaptation
Population Genetics
Units and Levels of Selection
What's Wrong with the Emergentist Statistical Interpretation of Natural Selection and Random Drift?
Gene
Information in Biology
Reductionism (and Antireductionism) in Biology
Mechanisms and Models
Teleology
Macroevolution, Minimalism, and the Radiation of the Animals
Philosophy and Phylogenetics: Historical and Current Connections
Human Evolution: The Three Grand Challenges of Human Biology
Varieties of Evolutionary Psychology
Neurobiology
Biological Explanations of Human Sexuality: The Genetic Basis of Sexual Orientation
Game Theory in Evolutionary Biology
What Is an 'Embryo' and How Do We Know?
Evolutionary Developmental Biology
Molecular and Systems Biology and Bioethics
Ecology
From Ecological Diversity to Biodiversity
Biology and Religion
The Moral Grammar of Narratives in History of Biology: The Case of Haeckel and Nazi Biology
Reference List
Index